Despite the intense, stormy conditions of heavy snowfall and wind, 25,000 spectators watched American athletes dominate at the X Games SuperPipe in Tignes, France. In Women’s SuperPipe Finals, all three podium finishers represented the United States of America and had epic performances. Multi-gold medalist Kelly Clark finished first place to claim her 3-peat gold medal. Following in second was Olympic rider Elena Hight and 16-year-old Arielle Gold in 3rd.
Kelly Clark boosting in SuperPipe | Photo: Germain Ozer / Fluofun.fr
Men’s SuperPipe elimination round went down in Tignes with a bang, as well. Two American male athletes made podium finishes. Since legendary Shaun White did not participate to hold his title and win the 7-peat, the door was opened for new competition. Snowboard sensation Louie Vito took first placed with a score of 90.66. Following in second place was New Hampshire’s Scotty Lago and Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov in 3rd. Frenchman Arthur Longo represented his country and finished 6th to qualify for the Men’s SuperPipe final with room for improvement.
Winner Kelly Clark told X Games, “Conditions were really difficult, with heavy snow falling and stopping you from picking up speed. There was no room for even the smallest mistake. I knew I had already won before taking my last run. So going down the Pipe ‘for fun’, with absolutely no pressure was an amazing feeling.”
Don’t miss the rest of the action on ESPN/ESPN2 for the 2013 X Games in Tignes.
All American podium | Photo: Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images