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A comfortable victory for Kelly Clark Salt Lake 2002 Snowboard half-pipe women

 

Kelly Clark was the youngest member of the American team at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. She was just 18 years old when she bid to become only the second woman to win gold in the snowboarding half-pipe at the Park City Mountain Resort.

But over-achieving at an early age was nothing new for the girl from Vermont. She started snowboarding at the age of eight, entered competitions from the age of 15 and then took just three years to reach the very pinnacle of the sport.

Like many of the greats in any sport, Clark had that quality which set her apart from her rivals: she made it look so easy.

She qualified for the final in straightforward fashion and never for a moment looked like she had the eyes of the world on her.

For the final, she again looked imperious.

She stood at the top of the 110m channel of snow under the gleaming sun in Utah, punched the air as she completed her preparations and set off down the course.

Barely 30 seconds later the judges gave her a score of 47.9 for a comfortable victory, not bad for a girl who only graduated from high school a few months earlier.

Like her male counterpart Shaun White, Clark is now considered the barometer against whom all other boarders are measured after collecting a string of titles.

Olympic glory has avoided her since that fateful afternoon in Utah, she missed out on the medals when she finished in fourth in Turin 2006 though she did clinch the bronze in Vancouver four years later.

 
   

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