Kelly Clark won halfpipe titles at the 31st annual Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships presented by MINI in sunny Vail Mountain, taking home $45,000 each as well as a legendary US Open halfpipe title.
With Kelly Clark taking an early lead and earning an unprecedented sixth US Open halfpipe championship title. Kelly’s huge winning run scored an 84.45 and included a frontside 1080 indy grab, Cab 720 mute grab, lien air, backside 540 mute grab to a frontside 720 stalefish grab. Kelly made snowboarding history in so many ways today: she now has the most halfpipe titles in US Open history, she earned her third World Snowboard Tour title, and most impressively, she now can claim 61 halfpipe wins – the most for any rider, male or female in snowboarding history.
“Being the winningest US Open champ is such an honor, it’s a big win for me today, especially since I grew up going to this event and it inspired me to be a snowboarder,” said Kelly Clark.
The remaining two female podium spots switched up constantly throughout the halfpipe finals. When it was all said and done, Olympic gold medalist Hannah Teter landed in second with a score of 82.13 and Arielle Gold, who had the highest scoring trick of the contest with her frontside 900 mute grab, took third place with a score of 80.88.
Women’s Halfpipe Final Results:
1. Kelly Clark USA, BURTON, 84.45 – $45,000
2. Hannah Teter USA, BURTON, 82.13 – $20,000
3. Arielle Gold USA, BURTON, 80.88 – $10,000
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insidethegames.com, by Nick Butler