Kelly Clark stands with her Ticket To Ride World Champions trophy in Oslo. (USSA - Mike Jankowski)
OSLO, NOR (Feb. 18) – Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT) earned her 15th straight win taking the Ticket To Ride title at the World Snowboarding Championships halfpipe finals. Steamboat Springs’s Matt Ladley (Chicago, IL) had a huge frontside 1260 and a great run that scored him second place in the men's competition while Iouri Podlatchikov (Switzerland) took the win. Louie Vito (Sandy, UT) took third for the men with a big frontside double 1080 while Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO) was third for the women.
Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT) earned her 15th straight win, this one at the World Snowboarding Championships halfpipe.
Matt Ladley (Chicago, IL) was second in men's competition.
This was Ladley’s second podium of the season.
Gretchen Bleiler (Aspen, CO) came in third place, her third consecutive halfpipe podium this season, Spain’s Queralt Castellet took second place.
Castellet did the second 1080 ever to be done by a female in a competition, the first was Clark.
Elena Hight (South Lake Tahoe, CA) came in 6th place and rookie team member Benji Farrow (Ludlow, VT) took 8th place.
Foggy weather and humidity made for tricky conditions in the halfpipe and it took great skill for the athletes to gauge their speed.
Men and women’s slopestyle takes place tomorrow. To watch the live webcast click here starting at 4:50 a.m. ET.
QUOTES Kelly Clark It was a great three-run final and I am happier than ever to be on the podium with such good competition. It’s great to do well and I am happy with my riding, I go contest to contest, but ultimately it’s one run at a time. The top three women put down the best runs I have seen in a contest. We are progressing and it’s a privilege to be on the forefront of that.
Matt Ladley Four days of competition in a row, it definitely takes a toll on your body. I’m a little beat up and sore, but I feel good and I’m stoked. The pipe was really good today and the rain made it a bit faster with the wet snow, it helped me to go big. You focus and live in the moment and do the best that you can.