Torah Bright wins the X-Games halfpipe

Sat 24 January 09

The gold-medal clinching run came in Bright’s second pass with moves that included a switch-back 720 that brought the Buttermilk Mountain crowd to their feet

Throughout Winter X Games 13, the Women’s Snowboard SuperPipe has belonged to Torah Bright.

In the elimination round she set a Winter X Games scoring record of 97.66 and although she was not able to equal that mark, her score of 91.33 was enough to secure her the gold medal over silver medalist Kelly Clark.

X-Games 09, Women's Halfpipe winner Torah Bright,
X-Games 09, Women's Halfpipe winner Torah Bright,
Photo: ZACH ORNITZ/SHAZAMM/ESPN IMAGES

“It was rough, but everyone wants everyone to ride their best in this event,” the Cooma, Australia native said.

The gold-medal clinching run came in Bright’s second pass with moves that included a switch-back 720 that brought the Buttermilk Mountain crowd to their feet.

“Snowboarding is so unique, we all inspire one another,” Clark said of the competitors. “The level gets stepped up at each event.”#

X-Games 09, Women's Halfpipe Finals. Gretchen Bleiler.
X-Games 09, Women's Halfpipe Finals. Gretchen Bleiler.
Photo: Nate Abbott/SHAZAMM/ESPN IMAGE

Clark’s top score of 88.33 came in her first run with Hannah Teter grabbing the bronze with a top score of 83.00 – which she received in her final run.

Last year’s winner, Aspen native Gretchen Bleiler, had to withdrawal from the competition after falling in her second run.

Results from Aspen/Snowmass on Friday, January 23, 2009

Name Bib No. Hometown Score

1. Torah Bright 560 Cooma, Australia 91.33
2. Kelly Clark 561 Mount Snow, Vt. 88.33
3. Hannah Teter 378 South Lake Tahoe, Calif. 83.00
4. Ellery Hollingsworth 373 Darien, Conn. 70.66
5. Kaitlyn Farrington 563 Bellevue, Idaho 66.00
6. Gretchen Bleiler 559 Aspen, Colo. 40.00

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