Kelly Clark lands on top of the Copper Grand Prix halfpipe podium, gets set to take on Sochi

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Under the lights at last night’s women’s Copper Grand Prix halfpipe finals, Kelly Clark not only took first in the contest, but also locked down a spot on her fourth US Olympic team. Clark led Saturday night’s US podium sweep, with Arielle Gold and Gretchen Bleiler taking second and third place, respectively.

The 2013 women's Copper Grand Prix halfpipe podium, from L-R: Gretchen Bleiler, Kelly Clark, Arielle Gold

The 2013 women’s Copper Grand Prix halfpipe podium, from L-R: Gretchen Bleiler, Kelly Clark, Arielle Gold

Though Clark had the competition in her pocket after scoring a 95.5 on her first run, she shrugged off any “victory lap” shenanigans and laid out a solid second run, topping her own score with a 98.0, and proving once again why she is the winningest snowboarder of all time.

Kelly Clark speaks to her Copper GP win, and what it means to make her fourth Olympic team:

Arielle Gold, who came out swinging last season has cemented her status as a threat in the halfpipe, and after a fourth place finish at Dew Tour – the first of the five Olympic qualifying event as- and second place here at the Copper Grand Prix, Gold has secured second place in the qualifying standings.

Arielle Gold on taking second place, and her brother’s win:

Kaitlyn Farrington, one of the strongest female snowboarders in competition, took 5th, maintaining her status as a contender for the US team, though the next three qualifiers will prove pivotal in determining whether or not she will be riding in Sochi. Elena Hight, two time Olympian, took eighth.

Full Results

1. Kelly Clark
2. Arielle Gold
3. Gretchen Bleiler
4. Sophie Rodriguez
5. Kaitlyn Farrington
6. Rana Okada
7. Xuetong Cai
8. Elena Hight