Sochi 2014 Olympics USA Athlete Profile: Kelly Clark

Kelly Clark

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With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics just a month away, there are multiple athletes representing the United States in the games this year. They all come from different backgrounds and compete in different events.

When you think of athletes that compete in snowboarding, the first name that probably comes to mind is Shawn White. However, this year will feature another snowboarder who has made a name for herself in the last couple years. Her name is Kelly Clark.

Clark is perhaps one of the most well known female snowboarders in the world and for good reason too. She continuously pushes herself to brand new heights and to bridge the gap between the men and women. At 30 years old she has acquired so much in that journey, winning medals in the Olympics as well as various snowboarding events across the globe including the well known X Games as well as tours and events. She won gold at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City on the half pipe and bronze at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. She is also sponsored by many brands including Burton, Sprint and Giro. To add on to her foundation, Kelly Clark Foundation, that gives opportunities to the youth and help them become successful through snowboarding is quite a feat for this seasoned veteran.

Kelly Clark Fun Facts:

The first snowboard that got Clark started was none other than a plastic Mobile Monster from K-Mart. Believe it or not, this was the first one Clark started on at the age of seven and she has not looked back since.

In 2013, she became the first snowboarder, male or female, to accumulate 60 wins in a career. More wins than popular boarders like White or Hannah Teeter.

In 2011, Clark became the first woman in competition history to successfully pull off a 1080 in a half-pipe competition! Quite an impressive trick and one of the hardest rotations to pull off.

The 2012 season was an impressive year as she pulled off 16 event wins in a row including both X Games that she competed in that year.

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