Kelly Clark finishes fourth in halfpipe
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Kelly Clark
Kelly Clark posted this image on social media, showing her five Olympic commemorative rings.
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PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA- Local favorite Kelly Clark, who grew up in Dover and began snowboarding on the slopes of Mount Snow, fell just short of a fourth medal at the Olympic halfpipe competition Tuesday. Clark finished fourth behind Americans Chloe Kim and Arielle Gold and Jiayu Liu, of China.

A two-time Olympian, Gold struck bronze on her third run, knocking five-time Olympian Clark out of the medals.

Clark, a three-time Olympic medalist and 2002 champion, had one more chance after Gold passed her in the second run. Her third run was her best at 83.50, but it wasn’t enough and she placed fourth.

“Tricks have changed a lot,” Clark said. “If I did the run that I won with in Salt Lake City, I wouldn’t even make a final today.”

Clark’s Olympic resume now includes one gold medal, two bronzes, and two fourth-place finishes.

“It was definitely a bittersweet position to be in when it was between me and Kelly for that bronze medal position,” Gold said, noting that she looked up to Clark.

Kim touched the sky in the land of her parents’ birth, winning the Olympic gold medal in the women’s halfpipe snowboarding competition Tuesday.

“It’s kind of a crazy coincidence that my first Olympics is the country my parents came from,” said Kim, who is from Torrance, CA.

Liu won the silver with three strong runs, scoring a best of 89.75 on her second.

Clark, who competed in Salt Lake City in 2002, Torino, Italy, in 2006, Vancouver in 2010, and Sochi, Russia, in 2014, said in a social media post this week “Five Olympics... what a privilege it has been.”

Clark, 34, and widely considered one of the greatest snowboarders in history, has not said whether or not she will continue to compete following this season.

Karen Rosen/ contributed to this report.
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