Pin it Kelly Clark
“Going into my fourth Olympics, I don't need to prove who I am.”

Career highlights

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February 2002

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Clark Wins First Gold Medal

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February 2010

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Clark Earns Second Gold Medal

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January 2011

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Clark Becomes First Woman to Land 1080
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Kelly Clark

Career highlights

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February 2002

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Clark Wins First Gold Medal
With 23 podium wins leading up to this point, including a Vans Triple Crown win, a Junior World Championship title, and an overall Grand Prix title, Clark is on track to be named champion on snowboarding's biggest stage.

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February 2010

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Clark Earns Second Gold Medal
After narrowly missing the podium at the 2006 Winter Games, Clark returns to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver as a woman on a mission. She ends up placing third, right behind fellow teammate Hannah Teter, who will joining her again on the road to victory in Sochi.

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January 2011

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Clark Becomes First Woman to Land 1080
With the win already hers at 2011 X Games Aspen, Clark attempts to land a 1080—three full rotations—in her victory lap. She makes history by becoming the first female to nail this trick in a competition.

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January 2014

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Clark Makes Her Fourth U.S. Olympic Team
Four years in the making, Clark wins three out of five Olympic Qualifiers and proves that she's still got what it takes to go to her fourth Winter Games.

Search for “Kelly Clark” on Google and it won't ask you, “Did you mean Kelly Clarkson?” Clark, 30, is a superstar in her own right. With more than 125 awards and 60 first-place trophies, the Vermont native is one of the world's best snowboarders. In fact, X Games Aspen just named the 12-time medalist the most decorated female athlete in the halfpipe competition's history.

Clark first carved s-curves in the snow as a kid on a plastic rinky-dink Mobile Monster snowboard from K-Mart. She later enrolled in the nearby prestigious Mount Snow Academy and eventually moved onto better boards (she's now sponsored by Burton). At 18, Clark went on to win her first Olympic gold medal in the halfpipe at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. She returned to defend her title in the 2006 Turino Winter Games, but just narrowly missed the podium, finishing in fourth place. Not satisfied, Clark was determined to make her performance at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics about redemption—and she got it in the form of a bronze medal.

Don't expect Clark to settle for another bronze in Sochi. Though she deeply values her third place finish, Clark's competition seasons since Vancouver are a strong indication that this girl is in her golden years.

“This season combined with the last three are the four best seasons that I've ever had,” says Clark, who admits she didn't anticipate being at the height of her career at age 30 (that makes her 13 years older than her Olympic snowboarding teammate Arielle Gold, 17). Just looking at her power performances at the Olympic Qualifiers—she won three out of five in a row—you know that this Olympic veteran is on fire. And so does she.

“Going into my fourth Olympics, I don't need to prove who I am," she says. "I know from experience that there's a big difference between having potential and being prepared.” With a stellar 15-year-career under her belt, there's no doubt Clark is more than prepared to get the job done. —Cristina Goyanes

Trivia

Longest winning streak
16 first place wins in a row in 2012
Power Panties
Calvin Klein
Passion Project
The Kelly Clark Foundation, which she founded to support young athletes.
First Snowboard Brand
Kmart