Mammoth Lakes, Calif. (March 29, 2008) – The skies cleared for the first official day of competition at the fourth annual Roxy Chicken Jam presented by Schick® Quattro for Women®. Kelly Clark, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, took first place and the 2008 Roxy Chicken Jam Superpipe Crown. Facing hard-hitting competition, Clark stayed above the lip, launching massive airs to grab the top spot on the podium and the first place $10,000 check. Roxy team-riders Torah Bright and Kjersti Buass followed close behind in second and third respectively.
Clark pulled out all the stops and gave the crowds back-to-back impressive runs, going bigger than any of the other competitors. Staying at least head-high above the lip on every hit, Clark threw down massive frontside and backside airs into a 540 to 540 combo, combining technical prowess with her spins and amplitude of airs.
“I am excited to be here at the Chicken Jam and to have won today’s Superpipe title,” said Clark. “This event is such an important part of our tour in determining the world champion. I had a lot of fun and I am looking forward to Slopestyle tomorrow.”
Today’s win moves Clark in the second spot on the TTR Tour ranks with only a five point spread behind Torah Bright. Both Clark and Bright are scheduled to compete in tomorrow’s slopestyle competition which will determine the 2008 Women’s Swatch Ticket to Ride (TTR) World Tour Champion.
Bright, known for her impressive bag of switch-stance tricks, had fans on their feet in cheers on each of her three runs. Bright went big, switching up her spins and successfully throwing back-to-back 540s and a few cab 720s.
Canadian Dominique Vallee won the Schick® Quattro for Women® $3,000 Best Trick Award for throwing down an “ollie-oop Michalchuk.” Vallee placed seventh overall.
The three-day all-women’s professional snowboard contest is the final six-star event of the Swatch Ticket to Ride (TTR) World Snowboard Tour and will name the 2008 TTR World Tour Champion. Bringing together more than 50 invited pros and 60 aspiring amateurs from around the world, the Roxy Chicken Jam is the biggest and most popular all-women’s professional snowboard event in the world. The event features both Slopestyle and Superpipe competition and has more than $150,000 in prize money, which includes the Swatch TTR World Tour $110,000 prize purse and coveted TTR World Tour Title.
The Roxy Chicken Jam will convene tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. for practice runs followed by the Slopestyle qualifiers. The top five finishers from the qualifying round will advance to compete alongside the invited pros in the Slopestyle Main Event and a chance to compete in the finals for the slopestyle title crown and $20,000 prize purse.