U.S.A. women dominated the podium this year for the half pipe competition. Rider Kelly Clark take the number 1 position for a total of 8 first place finishes in her U.S. Open career. Chloe Kim took second and Arielle Gold took third. The 1080 degree spin was what got the wins. All three girls doing a variation that veteran Clark has made her competition standard. They had fun celebrating with sparkling cider, since youngest, Chloe Kim, is only 14 and Gold is a mere 18!
Photography: Katie Anderson
The men had a different story with Japan claiming first (Taku Hiraoka) and third (Ayumuon Hirano) on the podium. French rider Arthur Longo took second.
Below Hirano is flying high.
A packed house at the base of the pipe with great energy cheering on the Men’s riders. It didn’t hurt that the weather was perfect.
I could have personally hung out with these ski club kids all day. Nothing like hearing them go “woah!” every time a rider flew over our heads.