While the 2018 Winter Olympics are still over two months away, the time is now to become qualified to go and when the Olympics are on the line, every adjective in the dictionary about consistency, willpower and strength could have been used to describe the men’s and women’s ski and snowboard superpipe contest at the Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge.
In the final contest of the day, Chloe Kim, just seventeen years old, put down a scorching first run of three to score a 93.00, which was enough to hold onto the top spot throughout the competition.
Kim, who by virtue of qualifying first, was able to run last in each heat, used that advantage knowing what other riders did and choosing her best run to win.
“She just doesn’t settle for putting one solid run down then sitting back and waiting to see if that is good enough,” said Arielle Gold, USA Snowboarder and Winter Dew Tour Breckenridge 2017 Bronze Medalist. “Chloe pushes herself in each and every run to be better. She is the standard for others who are in the sport to watch.”
With other wins this season and consistency throughout the qualification time period, Chloe Kim with the Dew Tour win, became the first to mathematically qualify for Team USA’s Women’s Olympic Snowboard Team.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet that I’m going to the Olympics,” said Kim. “It seems like a dream and I’m just trying to wake up. I’m so excited and when I get home today and it starts to sink, in I’m probably going to cry.”
In stark age contrast, Kelly Clark who is seeking her fifth Olympic Team berth, crashed hard to her back in her second run. After being medically cleared to finish the contest, Clark said she was asked by her coach is she was “going to hit the throttle.”
Clark did just that, and put down a signature Kelly Clark run featuring multiple 1080s throughout the run scoring her a 90.00 and second place.
“These are the days we talk about in cliche sentences,” said Clark. “When the going gets tough the tough get going. Or when you fall off the horse, you get right back on the horse. Mistakes are part of the game in snowboarding. Through training you learn to push past those mistakes and overcome. The question is do you have what it takes to get that ability to overcome out of you when you need it?”