Archive - Jan 2014 - Sports Article
The top halfpipe competitors in the U.S. and world may have been vying for spots on the U.S. Olympic Team in front on the Main Lodge deck, but over to the right, on the Andie's Double Gold race course, future Olympians were racing for their “gold” coming from Mimi’s Cookie Bar.
When three-time Olympian Kelly Clark fell on her first run of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic snowboard halfpipe finals, she instantly relived the 2006 Torino Olympics, where a fall put her in fourth place.
“I repeated my greatest defeat in the first run of finals,” said Clark, who already has locked up a spot on the 2014 Olympic Snowboarding team and who will appear among the many stars at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, today (Thursday, Jan. 16) through Sunday.
While most students spent the past two weeks on winter break, there was no break for members of the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard Teams.
The athletes used every possible minute to train, including some very early mornings. And for some of the youngsters, Sunday, Jan. 5, the final day of their holiday break, was spent putting all of their hard work to the test.