Kelly Clark becomes most decorated snowboarder in Olympic history

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SOCHI, Russia — Team USA athlete Kaitlyn Farrington, of Sun Valley, Idaho, earned the halfpipe snowboarding gold medal while teammate Kelly Clark, West Dover, Vt., took bronze Wednesday night during a fierce firefight in the halfpipe competition.

“I can’t believe it. I come out to each contest and I try to do a different run and that’s my approach to it. Sitting at the bottom I was stoked I landed my run and once I knew I was going to be on the podium I was happy. I was hoping to make the finals, that was my main goal, and then during finals I thought if I land a good run I might be on the podium. So to come out on top–I just can’t believe it,” said Farrington.

Clark has now medaled in the last three out of four Olympic Winter Games and has collected more Olympic medals than any other snowboarder in history with two her bronze and one gold.

Hannah Teter finished fourth after getting bumped off the podium by Clark’s progressive second run.

The 2010 gold medalist and Australian halfpipe force Torah Bright won the silver medal.

Arielle Gold did not compete in the day’s event after falling in a training run and suffering a shoulder injury just prior to the start of heat two of qualifications.

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