This Mount Snow Academy, Vermont graduate has stomped her mark on the competitive scene since 2001. She claimed a convincing win in halfpipe at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Games and hasn’t let her amplitude drop since. In the last few years she’s dominated women’s halfpipe contests in a way that no competitive snowboarder – male or female – has done before or since.
However, despite the fact that Kelly pretty much untouchable in most pipe comps she missed out on Olympic gold twice since 2002 – to Hannah Teter in 2006, and Torah Bright in 2010. No doubt she’ll be looking to avenge her defeat this winter, although as a committed evangelical Christian (with Jesus stickers on her board) we’re sure she’d never use that language. Watch her beat Arielle Gold and Elena Hight in Tignes earlier this year: