Park City, Utah: Descending into the USOC Team USA Media Summit today were three soul sisters of the superpipe. Winter Olympics medalists Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter, and Gretchen Bleiler have progressed in their careers in step with the pipe’s increasing heights and progressive tricks that push both mental and physical limits.
Reliving their Olympic memories while rejoicing at the chance to represent Team USA yet another time, the three reflected on their success and friendship. Clark said, “We genuinely care about each other. It’s been amazing and to be able to look back at the most important moments of your life that were shared with your friends. “
Clark stomped the pipe in 2002, all the way to the top of the podium in Salt Lake City. Back then, on the 18-foot pipe, Clark’s prowess set the gold standard for all rising American boarders including Teter and Bleiler.
Fellow Vermont boarder Teter grabbed the Olympic spotlight at the 2006 Torino Olympics. Emerging from the shadows of her talented older brothers, the 19-year-old Teter showcased her steezy repertoire of tricks and style to grab the gold. Bleiler threw down a gnar performance to seize the silver medal. Both she and Teter chilled before the finals event by free-boarding down a nearby mountain slope. Looking back, Bleiler said, “Everything came together perfectly,” in this one-two finish.
At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, once again this trio competed in this world showcase. This time Teter and Clark threw down rad runs to haul in silver and bronze medals, respectively, despite the poor weather and substandard pipe conditions.
To prepare for the Sochi Olympics in February, all three will be fine-tuning their tricks to perfect their routines – just in time for the USA’s Olympic qualifying events in December and January.
Teter said, “These girls have been my closest friends forever. Hopefully going to the third Olympics will be a dream come true.”