Snowboarding: Veteran Clark joins newcomer Kim on U.S. team

January 21, 2018

By Rory Carroll

MAMMOTH, California (Reuters) – Veteran Kelly Clark qualified for her fifth Olympic Games on Saturday by winning the snowboarding halfpipe competition at the U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth, edging out fellow American and celebrated newcomer Chloe Kim.

Clark, the most decorated women’s snowboarder of all time, scored an 89 on her first of three trips down the halfpipe.

The 17-year-old Kim, who has called the 34-year-old Clark a mentor, scored an 87 on her second run but was unable to catch Clark.

Kim had already secured her spot on the U.S. team prior to Saturday’s competition and did not attempt some of the more challenging tricks that have made her a favorite to win gold in Pyeongchang next month.

Clark and Kim will be joined by 17-year-old Maddie Mastro, who finished third, with the fourth spot yet to be determined, but is likely go to 21-year-old Arielle Gold.

Chase Josey scored an impressive 94.5 on his first run to win his first Grand Prix and make a strong case to be given the fourth spot on the U.S. men’s snowboarding team for Pyeongchang.

Ben Ferguson, Shaun White and Jake Pates had all already qualified.

Only Ferguson competed on Saturday, looking explosive on the course but finishing second to the 22-year-old Josey.

A scary moment came when veteran American Danny Davis crashed toward the end of his second run, landing hard on his back at the top of the railing before skidding to the halfpipe floor.

After being treated by medical staff for several minutes he walked off unaided, earning loud applause from the crowd.

(Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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