Clark tops the podium at the US Grand Prix
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Kelly Clark
From left to right: Hannah Teter, third place; Kelly Clark, first place; and Haruna Matsumoto, of Japan, second place.
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MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA- American snowboarders were dominant at the Toyota US Grand Prix halfpipe event on Sunday, February 5, sweeping the men’s podium and taking two of the top three spots for the women. Shaun White, of Carlsbad, CA, won for the men, while Kelly Clark, West Dover, VT, took the win for the women. Ryan Wachendorfer, of Edwards, CO, was second; and for women Haruna Matsumoto, of Japan, took second place; Louie Vito of Bellefontaine, OH, was third for the men while Hannah Teter, of South Lake Tahoe, CA, rounded out the women’s podium in third.

Weather made an impact on the 2017 event, with snow throughout the week and high winds canceling the men’s halfpipe qualifiers on Saturday. The full field of 29 men took two runs in the final on Sunday. The women were able to get their qualifiers off on Wednesday, but three of the six women were unable to stay for the final, including Americans Chloe Kim, of Torrance, CA, and Arielle Gold, of Steamboat Springs, CO, which was rescheduled from Saturday to Sunday. Another Sierra storm descended upon the riders as they competed in the final on Sunday, with conditions deteriorating throughout the event.

It was a big win for both Clark and White, who are the two most dominant halfpipe riders in snowboarding history, but had not seen the podium yet this season.

It was also a huge result for Wachendorfer, who scored his first major podium after finding success on the Toyota US Revolution Tour. He’s also the reigning USASA national halfpipe champion.
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