Goldschmidt and Clark Take the Pipe at Killington Grand Prix

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Vermont locals Michael Goldschmidt (Stratton, VT) and Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT) took home the top pipe honors at the final stop of the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix in Killington, Vermont today.  On a perfect spring day with sunny skies and temperatures in the 40s, the crowds gathered around the Dreamaker Superpipe to watch the top 12 men and 6 women compete for the overall Grand Prix titles.

On the men’s side it came down to a battle between the top 3 qualifiers; Elijah Teter, Michael Goldschmidt and Matt Ladley.   First place qualifier, Mason Aguirre did not compete today.  After the first of two runs, Teter was on top, but on their final runs Goldschmidt and Ladley both posted higher scores to push them ahead.   Goldschmidt’s winning run consisted of an air to fakie followed by a cab 1080 into a fs 900 to bs 900 combo ending with a fs 700.

“I’m just so excited. I would rather win here in Vermont than anywhere else. It just feels great,” Goldschmidt said. “This win makes me feel really good. I’ve known that I could put together a run that could get me up there, and it feels great to have it come together and win it.”

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For the Women the battle was clearly between Olympic medalists, Kelly Clark and Gretchen Bleiler.  Despite a strong showing by Bleiler including her signature Crippler 700, today belonged to Clark.  Her combination of massive airs and spins was not to be matched, and Kelly continued her run of women’s halfpipe dominance.   Today’s win completed Kelly’s sweep of the Grand Prix halfpipe events and earned her the Green Jacket as overall tour leader.

“Anytime that you do well in events in a row or even back-to-back years it’s a great feeling” Clark said and added “”My family is up here and I always love doing well in Vermont”

Completing the women’s podium in 3rd place was 14 year old Madeline Schaffrick, earning her first ever top 3 Grand Prix finish.

Going into today the Men’s overall title lead was being shared by Louie Vito and Steve Fisher who both competing on the FIS tour in La Molina, Spain.  Since there was no change in the men’s overall lead today, both will share the title.

Final Results:

Men
1. Michael Goldschmidt, Truckee, CA, 43.40
2. Matt Ladley, Steamboat Springs, CO, 42.10
3. Elijah Teter, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 40.50
4. Ross Baker, Reno, NV, 37.00
5. Tyler Troy, Weston, CT, 32.10

Women
1. Kelly Clark, Mt. Snow, VT, 45.70
2. Gretchen Bleiler, Aspen, CO, 35.50
3. Madeline Schaffrick, Steamboat Springs, CO, 32.10
4. Lizzy Beerman, Stratton, VT, 29.30
5. Kaitlyn Farrington, Sun Valley, ID, 27.60

The U.S. Snowboaring Grand Prix from Killington concludes tomorrow with the Men’s and Women’s Slopestyle finals at 1PM.

The U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix from Killington will air on NBC on March 21st at 2PM ET.  Check your local listings.

Visit Killington.com for more details

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~ by hrocker on March 14, 2009.

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