Kelly Clark: Best Practice For Big Events Is Doing Big Events

Kelly Clark: Best Practice For Big Events Is Doing Big Events

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Snowboarder Kelly Clark earnead a fourth trip to the Olympics this weekend with a win in the final found of the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain.  Actually, the two-time Olympic medalist won it before that final found.

Already owning the lead after a first round 95, she had no one to beat but herself. Clark could have just taken a victory slide down the pipe, but that just wouldn't have been her style.

"I've never really wanted to have a contest be a motivator for me," she Told Summit Daily after her final run. "At the end of the day I don't want to be letting contests determine what kind of snowboarding runs I do. It was more important for me to walk away and do the run I really wanted to do."

So instead she threw down a final run that earned her a near perfect score, 98, in part due to a near flawless frontside 1080. It was a performance made all the more impressive by how Clark started her day.

"I got some kind of bug this morning, and I was literally on the couch till 5:30 p.m. and my practice was kind of a nightmare."

Kelly Clark joins Steve Edwards and Lisa Breckenridge on Good Day L.A.

Fun Facts About Kelly Clark:

1) She is a snowboarder born in the village of West Dover in the town of Dover, Vermont. She has been snowboarding since she was 7 years old, and began competing in 1999. She became a member of the US Snowboard team in 2000, and later won a gold medal in the Winter Olympics.

2) In 2007/2008 she finished World No.3 on the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour and in 2008/2009 Kelly finished World No.1 on the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour.

3) Kelly Clark trained for competitive snowboarding at Mount Snow Academy in Vermont and graduated in spring 2001. She won a gold medal for women's halfpipe at the 2002 Winter Olympics and competed in the halfpipe event again in the 2006 Winter Olympics. Her last run started off in spectacular fashion; however, she missed a landing later in the run and ended up placing fourth behind fellow Americans Hannah Teter and Gretchen Bleiler, as well as Norwegian Kjersti Buaas. In the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Kelly won a bronze medal in the halfpipe after placing third behind American silver medalist Hannah Teter and Australian Torah Bright.

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