From a 20-year long career in snowboarding, including nearly 200 events, 137 podiums and 78 wins, to authoring her first book, Inspired, creating her own foundation, The Kelly Clark Foundation and co-producing a snowboard together with Burton CEO Donna Carpenter, is there anything this lady can’t do?
“Is there anything this lady can’t do?”
Kelly Clark was the first American woman to win half pipe gold back in the Olympics 2002 in Salt Lake City. She is said to be the greatest female halfpipe snowboarder of all time, and fair enough, she’s earned three Olympic medals and seven Winter X Games gold medals, including the one that she captured in 2011 for being the first woman to land a 1080 in the halfpipe. I mean, this lady knows how to ride the pipe and considering how women’s snowboarding looked like back in the early 2000s, Kelly has had a huge impact on pushing the sport further and further. Kelly announced her retirement from competitive snowboarding on January 25th.
“…being the first woman to land a 1080 in the halfpipe”
Many female snowboarders, including Chloe Kim, can agree that Kelly Clark has had a huge impact on women’s snowboarding. According to Kelly herself, it’s hard to tell what impact you’ve had on things since you’ve been in it for so long. What makes Kelly such a great role model for the rest of us is that she’s remained authentic throughout the years, without letting the fame get the better of her.