Vermonster Teter goes big, wins big in women’s halfpipe
After a spectacular first run in the X Games women’s snowboard superpipe which included a McTwist frontside 900, the rest of the field couldn’t touch Hanah Teter, the 16-year-old from Belmont, Vt.
Teter took her victory lap in style Saturday night, braving the cold in just a short sleeve jersey in the well-below-freezing temperatures.
“I was just like, ‘Screw it, let’s go,'” said Teter, who has won her last five events. “If you already know you’re going to do something and you’ve got it ” do it with flair.”
Olympic gold medalist Kelly Clark, also from Belmont, Vt., continued her strong career at Winter X with a silver-medal finish to bring her medal total to three.
“It was really fun tonight,” Clark said. “Everyone stepped it up in a contest like this. It makes me want to be a better snowboarder.”
After finishes of ninth, 17th and ninth in her first three X Games superpipe appearances, Doriane Vidal of Rivesaltes, France, vaulted into third place to bring home a bronze.
“It was a really good crowd tonight,” Vidal said. “It was fun under the lights. This is an award I’ve been looking forward to for a few years now.”
Both the men’s and women’s boardercross races will be held today after being postponed because of snow on Sunday.
The men did manage to hold quarterfinal heats before the storm hit, and Aspen resident Chris Klug ” sporting alpine board and hard boots ” was the lone local to advance to the semifinals. Klug won his quarterfinal heat and will be among 12 riders in contention in the semis when the racing resumes today.
Basalt’s Jason Smith and Aspen’s Christian Mosiman finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in their quarterfinal heats. In boardercross elimination rounds, only the top three-of-six riders advance to the next round.
Boardercross practice begins at 8 a.m. with the men’s semis scheduled to get under way at 9 a.m.
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