Winter Games Athletes
Whereas Shaun White is the indisputable face of men’s snowboarding, Clark is one of the biggest names on the women’s side. Shortly after completing her competitive training at Mount Snow Academy in Vermont, Clark announced her arrival as a force in the halfpipe by taking home the gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. She came back to defend her title four years later in Turin, but missed a landing late in the competition and ended up fourth behind fellow Americans Hannah Teter and Gretchen Bleiler, and Norwegian Kjersti Buaas. Following a couple of impressive seasons on the TTR World Tour - including a world championship in 2008-09 - Clark returned to the podium in Vancouver. She captured bronze in 2010, placing behind Teter and rising Australian Torah Bright. In Sochi, Clark will become the first American women’s boarder to compete on four Olympic teams since the sport was added to the program in 1998. The 30-year-old star is riding as strong as ever after winning 16 straight competitions last season. Clark won a third straight gold in the superpipe at the Winter X Games and captured first in the halfpipe test event on the same Sochi course where she’ll be going for a second Olympic gold.