This Mount Snow Academy, Vermont graduate has stomped her mark on the competitive scene since 2001. She claimed a dominating win in Halfpipe at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games and hasn’t let her amplitude drop since. She followed up her haul at the Olympic with a smattering of FIS and WST wins across the globe for the next few years.
Her first top 10 finish in the WST Overall Ranking finally came at the end of the 2007 season, bringing in a very respectable 7th place at the age of 24 and hasn’t dropped from top since then. She followed up her ‘breakout’ year in 2008 where she podium-ed at 8 of the 12 competitions she entered. She spent some serious time in the pipe getting ready to unleash the 1080 at the Aspen X-Games in 2011, which made her the first woman to land the trick in competition.
After this world first, she managed to win 13 competitions back-to-back showing her Darth Vader-esqe chokehold on the rest of the field, before finally being knocked off her pedestal by Elena Hight at the Burton Canadian Open in 2012. She quickly returned to her dominating form taking home the gold at the Dew Tour, Burton European Open and the coveted trophy at the inaugural World Snowboarding Championships in Oslo.
She set up the Kelly Clark Foundation in 2010 as a charity organisation to fund young athletes in financial need. Since then through her philanthropic work she’s raised over $42,000 in scholarships for young female shredders to boost their potential.
Those of us that regularly see Kelly at the top of the pipe ready to drop, will be no stranger to her renditions of various songs at the top of the pipe to get her in the zone. Horses for courses eh?