Kelly Clark heading to Vancouver

Snowboarder Kelly Clark secured a trip to her third Olympics this week.

Clark defeated 2006 gold medal winner Hannah Teter to make her two for two this season in the U.S. Grand Prix events, which are being used to determine the riders who will represent the U.S. in Vancouver next month.

“Before the last Olympics, I qualified last,” Clark said of the 2006 effort, where she was a late qualifier and finished fourth at the Games. “So, yeah, this feels really good. It gives me a chance to use the rest of the season to work on things, practice my harder jumps in competition.”

There are three more Olympic qualifiers this month, starting Friday with another event at Mammoth Mountain. The full team will be selected at the end of January.

Throughout the comp, signs in the stands paid tribute to injured snowboarder Kevin Pearce, who suffered a brain injury during a fall last week while training.  Fortunately, news comes today that his condition has been upgraded and he’s improving.

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