01/30/2011 01:00:00 AM MST
While Kelly Clark made history in the women’s superpipe Saturday night at the Winter X Games, local favorite Gretchen Bleiler had a night to forget.
Clark became the first woman in history to complete a 1080 in competition. But it was defending champion Bleiler who was not able to put down a clean run in three tries, crashing on all of them. Bleiler had qualified second behind Clark.
“It’s something I’ve been working on for a long time, so I couldn’t think of a better place to land it,” Clark said of the frontside 1080. “I hope that this just takes women’s snowboarding to another level.”
Clark had the gold medal in hand before her final run (she put down a 92.33-point effort her first trip down) and was able to attempt the 1080 for a second time. She tried the trick on the final hit of her second run but bottomed out.
Kelly Clark was born on July 26th, 1983 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelly_Clark
July 26th, 1983
26 +1+9+8+3 = 47 = her “secret” number = Famous. Name & fame. Notoriety. Name recognition. (Inter)nationally known. High profile. VIP. Well-known. Household name. Public life. Limelight. Legendary. Notable. Noteworthy. Eminent. Prominent.