Kelly Clark Retires
“Today, I proudly step away from competitive riding knowing that women's snowboarding is alive, well, and in good hands.” - Kelly Clark
This month we heard news from Kelly Clark that she would be retiring from competition after this year’s X Games. The 35-year-old has been dominating women’s snowboarding for the past 20 years and has been setting the standards for the sport throughout her career. Clark is the most winningest athlete in snowboarding history. She was the first American to win Olympic gold in the sport in 2002 at Salt Lake City, and also won bronze in 2010 and 2014. While she might be best known for her Olympic exploits, Clark is truly the standard for women in snowboarding, as she has nearly 200 podium finishes and became the first woman to perform a 1080 in the half-pipe, which we now see in doubles from the likes of snowboard phenom Chloe Kim.
While Clark may be done innovating through her competitions, she is not done changing the game, as she is currently working with Burton to produce more eco-friendly, high-quality snowboards. In addition, she plans on doing some film-making to shed the light on more facets of her sport. In short, the snowboarding world will never forget Kelly Clark and she isn’t about to let it.