Hight Takes Second Twice
Oakley’s Elena Hight placed second twice on Saturday, first in the women’s Superpipe and later that night in the women’s Paul Mitchell Progression Session Quarterpipe event.
Going into the finals of Superpipe Elena seemed like she might have the winning combination with her huge method off the first wall and killah 900. But it was not to be with Kelly Clark’s slightly better run according to the judges by the smallest of margins and minus a 900.
U.S. Snowboarding Halfpipe Coach Mike Jankowski was very proud of his young ripper, "In the ladies contest, it was all came down to the second run. It was such a close call for Elena, she was .2 points away from a win and that’s tough, but she went big and risky in her second run and stomped it.”
Later that night Elena unleashed massive method airs and a stellar 720 to take second place again in the Quarterpipe event. Capping off a great first week of snowboard contests in the States, and hopefully a preview of things to come this season for Hight.
"I’m definitely stoked to be on the podium here," said Hight, who landed her first pro contest podium in 2003 at the Breckenridge Grand Prix, when as a 13-year-old, she became the first women to land a 900 in competition. "The first contest of the year is always a tough one, the field is really good and everyone is excited to be competing. The weather was amazingly good this year, really sunny, plus the pipe was super fun – it’s good to have the first contest under your belt."
Elena is coming off an amazing break out year in the 05/06 season, earning a spot on the 2006 Olympic Team – placing 6th in Women’s Halfpipe, a 3rd place in the Burton US and Nippon Opens, Highest Air in the Abominable Snow Jam Quarterpipe, as well as 1st place and Best Trick in Halfpipe and The Volvo Overall Rider Award. Elena is focused on filming this season and competing in the major events, including the Winter X Games and US Open.
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