(Friday January 25, 2008) The pipe was perfect, the weather was mild, and the women’s Superpipe finals were anything but. The finals field was scaled down to a mere six women after yesterday’s qualifiers. From the get go, the top three qualifying women, Gretchen Bleiler, Kelly Clark, and Torah Bright were going head to head--no one else even came close. After the first of three rounds Kelly Clark was in the lead with amplitude and a huge frontside nine. Torah put together a technical run with plenty of switch tricks. She started it off with a huge Mctwist on the first hit and ended with a spectacular switch backside seven on the last hit. Gretchen came back on the next round to win it, shutting down the competition and hyping up the crowd with both amplitude and technical skills. She started it off with a massive frontside nine on the first hit landing high on the tranny. She said, “I worked my ass off learning some new tricks--I got the cab seven ... grabbing indie on the first hit, and the alley oop. It was definitely a new run for me and it felt so good tonight. Gretchen can add tonight’s gold medal to the two others she’s already claimed here on her home turf of Aspen/Snowmass. Check back soon for complete video coverage. We’ll be back with complete men’s and women’s Slopestyle and Big Air coverage tomorrow.
1. Gretchen Bleiler / 303 / Aspen, Colo. / 93.33
2. Torah Bright / 326 / Cooma, Australia / 92.66
3. Kelly Clark / 307 / Mount Snow, Vt. / 90.00
4. Hannah Teeter / 317 / Belmont, Vt. / 77.33
5. Soko Yamaoka / 319 / Nagano, Japan / 74.33
6. Lizzy Beerman / 301 / Weston, Vt. / 67.33