Clark Wins Grand Prix Opener at Copper Mountain

Tom Zikas

Kelly Clark takes the opening Grand Prix p: Tom Zikas

COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Dec. 13) – Reigning overall champions Louie Vito (Sandy, UT) and Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT) boosted the best runs of the day to win their third Grand Prix halfpipe competitions in a row as the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix, presented by Sprint, opened for the season Saturday at Copper Mountain, CO.

Clark Owns Both Runs
While Clark has said that this is a season for her to reflect on her riding as a whole, as opposed to being in it for the competition, she needed no extra help in winning the Grand Prix in Copper as she threw down the two highest scoring runs of the day.

“It’s really encouraging. I didn’t know how my approach was going to go today. My focus has really been on the fundamentals these last few months and I’m really excited to have done so well just focusing on the basics,” Clark said. “I know once I get more into the technical aspects, it will be a really big strength to me.”

As far as Jankowski is concerned, Clark’s riding focuses will only make her a bigger force to be reckoned with.

“Kelly is riding at the top of her game right now, but at the same time she’s also looking to improve and take her riding to the next level, so watch out for more great things to come from Kelly,” Jankowski said.

Tom Zikas
Womans Podium p: Tom Zikas

Copper Mountain, CO – Dec. 13, 2008

Men’s Halfpipe
1. Louie Vito, Sandy, UT, 47.20
2. Steve Fisher, Breckenridge, CO, 44.00
3. Antti Autti, Finland, 43.60
4. Daniel Friberg, Switzerland, 43.40
5. Dustin Craven, Canada, 42.00

6. Andy Finch, Truckee, CA, 41.60
15. JJ Thomas, Golden, CO, 33.70
17. Broc Waring, Edwards, CO, 31.50
18. Danny Davis, Highland, MI, 28.30
19. Ross Baker, Squaw Valley, CA, 20.30

Women’s Halfpipe
1. Kelly Clark, West Dover, VT, 43.20
2. Soko Yamaoka, Japan, 37.60
3. Hannah Teter, Belmont, VT, 37.50
4. Madeline Schaffrick, Steamboat Springs, CO, 36.60
5. Elena Hight, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 32.30
6. Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, CO, 29.30
7. Kaitlyn Farrington, Bellevue, ID, 24.20
8. Clair Bidez, Minturn, CO, 17.70


~ by hrocker on December 17, 2008.

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