Shaun White and Kelly Clark lead Mammoth Snowboard Grand-Prix Qualis

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 6, 2010 5:22 am

Olympic gold medalists and U.S. Team Snowboarding stars Kelly Clark (Mt. Snow, VT) and Shaun White (Carlsbad, CA) both qualified first in the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, CA. 

Clark displayed her consistency, and landed some major airs for the ladies, including a back 5, front 7 tail, cab 7, indie front 5, and  indie backside air. Fellow gold medalist Hannah Teter (Belmont, VT took the second spot and Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO) claimed third.

“It’s always encouraging being able to make it to the finals having done so well. Being able to be consistent in the qualifiers is a great way to head in to the finals,” noted Clark. “I’m looking for some consistent results, and it should set me up for a fun week.”

On the men’s side, the legendary Shaun White stole the show with major tricks including a frontside double cork 10, cab double cork 10, frontside 7, and a cab 10. Mammoth local Greg Bretz also rocked the halfpipe and finished second for the day.

“It feels good. I’m trying to work on my consistency. Louie [Vito, Sandy, UT] and Shaun are two of the most consistent guys in our sport and I can’t watch them win anymore,” Bretz said. “I’m just going to try to come from behind and blind them. I’m stoked to be at home shredding. I’m just doing my thing and having fun.”

Canada’s Jeff Bachelor followed Bretz in third and Vito finished fourth.

The Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix halfpipe finals take place today and mark the second of five Olympic qualifiers. (The Olympic Team will be named after the final event Jan.23, in Park City, UT.)


Photo: USSA