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The First Snowboarding Games

The First Snowboarding Games

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Olympic snowboarder Kelly Clark recalls watching the coverage of the inaugural snowboarding event at the 1998 Olympics and how she knew at age fourteen what she wanted to do with her life.

Kelly's Biography

Mount Snow, Vermont:"We lived in a mountain town and snowboarded and skied all winter."
Family of Food: Clark's parents owned a restaurant growing up.
Trendsetter:"I always say that I started snowboarding before it was cool. There was no X Games, there was no Olympics. Snowboarding started officially -- Burton Snowboards -- in 1977."
Higher Math Score or Higher Verbal Score:Neither.

Kelly Clark is a two-time Olympic medalist. She won the gold in 2002 and the bronze in 2010. A trailblazer in women's snowboarding, Clark has upped the game for her sport, pushing the amplitude and setting new records. In 2011, Clark became the first woman to successfully complete a 1080 on the women's halfpipe. In 2013, Clark celebrated her 60th career win, amassing more wins than any male or female snowboarder. At 30-years-old, Clark returns for her fourth Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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