Kelly Clark, USA
Hometown: West Dover, Vermont
Board team: Burton
Recent results: 2010 X Games silver medalist. Four 1st place finishes in five stop Grand Prix Olympic qualifying tour.
Olympic outlook: Two-time Olympian and the first American to win a Superpipe gold in the history of the Games, Kelly Clark is, in all estimations, powerful podium material heading into Vancouver. A strong rider/competitor both mentally and physically, she’s known for going big and doing her tricks with authority. She has a winning stock run that includes back-to-back 540s and 720s, along with a huge front 900, and overall insane amplitude. Although staunchly consistent in this competition season, Kelly’s riding is nothing if not spectacular-and you have to take chances to pull off that kind of explosiveness. With that said, a crash in Torino led to a disappointing fourth place finish, and she’s undoubtedly hungry for redemption this time around.
Potential downfall: Kelly’s weak spots are few and far between. During the Grand Prix qualifying season, like Shaun, she placed first in four out of five events. But, this is the Olympics, and the pressure-cooker can crack anyone.
Kelly’s first place Grand Prix run and potential Olympic run: