Three-time Olympian Kelly Clark is widely considered one the greatest female snowboarders ever. She has won every major event in the history of the sport, including the Olympics, the U.S. Open, and Winter X Games, among others. She just got back from winning the Olympic Test event in Sochi Russia and she shared some experiences and some insight to the culture of snowboarding and what it takes to stay on top for over a decade.
Regarded as the best female boarder in halfpipe history, Clark won her third consecutive Gold medal at the Winter X Games last month. She was the first woman ever to do so! Last week, she won the World Cup in Sochi, Russia and she is gearing up for the US Open next week in Vail, CO.
She attended Mount Snow Academy and joined the US Snowboard team as a teenager. Since then, Clark has claimed an astounding 23 podium wins, including a Vans Triple Crown win, a Junior World Championship title, and an overall Grand Prix title. Only a year after graduating high school, she competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, winning a Gold medal in Women’s Halfpipe. She later participated in both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, landing a bronze medal in Vancouver in 2010.
Aside from her competitive efforts in snowboarding, Clark founded The Kelly Clark Foundation in 2010 to foster youth snowboarding. Since its establishment, the Foundation has awarded $42,000 worth of scholarships to young athletes with financial need.
The Foundation also provides a Snowboard Passport Program, which partners The Kelly Clark Foundation with nonprofit charities to fund daytrips for inner city disadvantaged youth to "get them out on the hill."
The Foundation realizes that the key to success starts with the opportunity to follow your dreams and they aim to give every child the opportunity to make his or her dream a reality.
Listen to the entire interview with Kelly Clark at the link below.
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