The U.S. Snowboarding Team swept the snowboard halfpipe podium at the European X Games. Olympic champion Kelly Clark continued her dominating season with yet another victory soaring through the pipe with a gigantic cab 1200. Fellow Olympian and recent US Open champ Elena Hight followed strong in second achieving an absolutely huge backside air while Kaitlyn Farrington rounded out the podium with a run featuring three 900′s.
Kelly Clark described what went into the win, explaining, “It was a personal best because it was the most technical run I have landed in a contest. I got to do back-to-back 7’s, a 9, a backside 5 and a front 10. My third run, I had it won, but I got to do my 10 for my first hit, which I have never done before. I did a cab 7 to a front 9 and finished off with a back 5. As a win, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
This is Clark’s 18th straight event on the podium and second consecutive European X Games top spot. The first place run featured a grab on every single hit. Clark came out of the gates with her first competition frontside 1080 on the first hit followed by a frontside 720, cab 720, frontside 900, backside 540.
Elena Hight busted out a fiery backside air, frontside 720, cab 720, frontside 900, backside 900, and a smooth alley-oop rodeo.
Hight was stoked on the competition, saying, “I was beyond excited about my win last week [at the U.S. Open]. Kelly has been so on top of her game. Our level has gotten so high; it’s really anyone’s win. I’m just stoked that I am right up there with Kelly.”
Farrington saw her highest scores on her third run where she did an air to fakie, cab 720, frontside 900, backside 900, frontside 720, and switch front 9.
“I am really glad to be on the podium. This is the last event of the season and I couldn’t be any more happy to end it with a third place because it was a rough one for me last week at the U.S. Open. It’s really good to be on the podium at the last event of the season and now it’s over and I am genuinely happy,” said Farrington.
This wraps up the competition season for the halfpipe women. The men take to halfpipe finals Thursday evening.
Check out Clarks winning run here: