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X Games: Bright edges Clark for superpipe gold

Aspen, Colo. – Throughout Winter X Games 13, the Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe has belonged to Torah Bright.

In the elimination round she set a Winter X Games scoring record of 97.66 and although she was not able to equal that mark, her score of 91.33 was enough to secure her the gold medal over silver medalist Kelly Clark.

“It was rough, but everyone wants everyone to ride their best in this event,” the Cooma, Australia native said.
Aspen, Colo. – Throughout Winter X Games 13, the Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe has belonged to Torah Bright.

In the elimination round she set a Winter X Games scoring record of 97.66 and although she was not able to equal that mark, her score of 91.33 was enough to secure her the gold medal over silver medalist Kelly Clark.

“It was rough, but everyone wants everyone to ride their best in this event,” the Cooma, Australia native said.

The gold-medal clinching run came in Bright’s second pass with moves that included a switch-back 720 that brought the Buttermilk Mountain crowd to their feet.

“Snowboarding is so unique, we all inspire one another,” Clark said of the competitors.  “The level gets stepped up at each event.”

Clark’s top score of 88.33 came in her first run with Hannah Teter grabbing the bronze with a top score of 83.00 – which she received in her final run.

Last year’s winner, Aspen native Gretchen Bleiler, had to withdrawal from the competition after falling in her second run.

The Snowboard SuperPipe competition is arguably one of the most exciting competitions in the world.  The 500-foot long, 22-foot deep “U-shaped” SuperPipe is 60-feet from lip-to-lip with a pitch of 18 degrees.  The world-class pipe allows for maximum amplitude and speed, giving the riders space to perfect progressive tricks.

X Games women’s superpipe final results:
1.         Torah Bright                                      Cooma, Australia                       91.33
2.         Kelly Clark                                        Mount Snow, Vt.                       88.33
3.         Hannah Teter                                  South Lake Tahoe, Calif.            83.00
4.         Ellery Hollingsworth                         Darien, Conn.                            70.66
5.         Kaitlyn Farrington                            Bellevue, Idaho                         66.00
6.         Gretchen Bleiler                            Aspen, Colo.                               40.00

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