Gretchen Bleiler, the hometown Aspen hero, won the women’s superpipe final by 0.66, edging Clark on Saturday night at Buttermilk Mountain. Their U.S. Olympic teammate Hannah Teter was third.
Oakley's Shaun White, Gretchen Bleiler, Elena Hight, Greg Bretz Make US Olympic Snowboard Halfpipe Team
Oakley’s Shaun White, Greg Bretz, Gretchen Bleiler and Elena Hight make the 2010 Olympic Snowboard Team. The U. S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced the talent-filled roster of 18 athletes Monday. “We are going in to the 2010 Games with one of the strongest athletic lineups possible,” U.S. Snowboarding Head Coach Peter Foley said. “We’re hoping to go into Vancouver and build on the successes we saw in 2006. This Team is in position to do great things.”
Oakley’s Shaun White delighted fans with a Vancouver-ready 49.50 and earned his second victory in two nights, while Kelly Clark (Mt. Snow, VT) matched that feat in the women’s event. One day after scoring a 49.00 and landing the first-ever competition double McTwist 12, White was rewarded with a Grand Prix record 49.50 for stomping the same run and used his victory lap to high five spectators in watching in the light snow alongside the 22-foot megapipe at the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix.