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Kelly Clark Sets The Standard At O’Neill Evolution Women’S Halfpipe Semi Finals


The business end of the ONeill Evolution 2011 got underway today with the womens Halfpipe semi-finals in which 2002 Olympic Gold medalist Kelly Clark stole the show.To a cheering crowd gathered at the base of the Jakobshorn, the 27 year old American pulled out a score of 89.05 on her second run with a huge FS Air, BS540, FS 720 and a Cab 7.I am doing the TTR this year so I thought Evolution would be a great event to come to before going to Laax, said Kelly. I also have some good friends here as well so its been good to come here to see them, she said. And everyone could definitely hear them as they cheered her every trick – and much deserved cheering it was. The halfpipe is shorter than what I am used to, but its really good, said Kelly. The important thing about the semis is to qualify for the finals. Now Im in the finals I will for sure try more.In addition to the Womens semi-finals, the Jakbshorn Halfpipe also played host to the Mens qualification heats at this 6Star Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour event. It was two Swiss riders who came out top of both qualification rounds – Jan Scherrer from the first and Patrick Burgener from the second.But also making a huge impact in the qualifications was the young American rider, Scott Moline. Its amazing here so far, said Scott. Today I just did a Crippler 7, Cab 7, Front 5 and Back 5. I kinda want to put in a front 10 or maybe a front 9. But I want to stay going big, he said. It helps that they judge amplitude because in pipe its a lot harder to go big and do tricks then go small and do technical tricks, said Scott.The 17-year-old from Wisconsin will also be one to watch in the Slopestyle qualifications tomorrow. When I first saw the jump I was like, woah, its massive! But today we were just spinning and having fun and with Max Henault helpign me I learnt how to do a backside Double Cork 10. Thats amazing! said Scott. This jump helps with progression of the sport so much, he said. If its a good day, you can practice your run and practice new tricks. I cant wait. Its going to be so much fun.MENS SLOPESTYLE QUALIFICAITONS TOMORROW JAN 6th09:10 09:30 Traning SS Men Qualification Heat 1 09:30 11:30 SS Men Qualification Heat 1 11:30 11:50 Traning SS Men Qualification Heat 2 11:50 13:50 SS Men Qualification Heat 2 13:50 14:10 Traning SS Men Qualification Heat 3 14:10 16:10 SS Men Qualification Heat 3 RESULTS: HALFPIPE FINALISTS WOMEN 1. Kelly Clark USA2. Kjersti