Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Snowboarder Kelly Clark still going strong in fifth Olympics

Snowboarder Kelly Clark still going strong in fifth Olympics

She added bronze medals at the 2010 and 2014 Games.

The 13-year-old snowboarder was too young to make Team USA.

Official rules stated that competitors for snowboard halfpipe must have turned at least 15 years old by the end of 2013.

Chloe Kim, however, calmed her father's nerves with her dominant performance, finishing first in the qualifying round.

Luckily, she found what she needed in the Olympic Village: churros. "I've had to constantly progress my riding, and I think that's why I'm still able to be here 16 years later is because I'm constantly challenged, and I love that".

"I was hearing a lot of rumors about him, and our relationship in general".

"It's a priviledge to be in a place where I get to inspire the next generation", Clark said "and hopefully my ceiling will become her floor".

Despite breaking things off with her beau before the biggest snowboarding competition of her life, Kim doesn't think that there are any hard feelings between the two.

Kim won gold in halfpipe and slopestyle, an event she usually does not compete in, in the Youth Olympic Games in 2016.

Kim has been working on them throughout the season, and whether she attempts them in Pyeongchang will depend on the quality of the halfpipe. And the expectations will be high. She scored a 91.5 in her first qualifying run and a 95.5 in her second run, the two best scores as of writing.

"We didn't really expect that you can bring her to the Olympics because her (mother's) family, my family, no one is an athlete out of our family history", Jong Jin said. She's had the frontside 1080 dialed in for a number of years, but her main focus this season has been cleaning up the switch version of that trick (which is called a "cab 1080").

"I've had one of the most wonderful snowboard careers anyone could ever hope to have and I got to a point I think after the Vancouver Games (in 2010) and I kind of looked around and I started asking myself what sort of impact was I going to leave on the sport beyond just competition results", she said. She remains the only woman to successfully execute that combo.

She has six X Games medals, including four gold.

Kim will now try to carry that momentum over to the PyeongChang Olympics, where a US medal sweep is a very real possibility. Now four others have, including their American teammates Arielle Gold and Maddie Mastro. "All kids just want to be a normal teenager and that's what she seems like to me".

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