Iouri Podladtchikov and Kelly Clark Crowned Halfpipe World Champions

The World Snowboarding Championships halfpipe finals went down today at Oslo Winterpark. After a week of excellent riding in qualification rounds, Iouri and
Kelly beat out an international field of very talented riders and were
awarded with the Halfpipe World Champion trophy and $40,000 USD
for their exemplary performances. On the men's side, Matt Ladley (USA)
finished in a close second place and Louie Vito (USA) ended his week in
third. For the women, Queralt Castellet (ESP) came in just one point
behind Kelly's score in second place and Gretchen Bleiler (USA)
completed the podium in third.

After sunny weather all week,
riders had to deal with less than ideal conditions with some fog and
rain but the riding level remained extremely high all afternoon and into
the evening. Iouri Podladtchikov won tonight’s competition with an
impressive run that consisted of a backside double cork 1260
mute, frontside double cork 1080 truck driver, Cab double cork 1080 mute
and ended with a frontside 1080 tail.
He had this to say about the competition, “I'm
super happy that this was such an amazing event. It was so cool to
ride. I gave it my best and it worked out. This being the World
Championships, it’s a sweet, sweet victory.

 For the women,
Kelly Clark took her 15th straight halfpipe win in a row with a run
made up of a frontside air, backside 540 mute, frontside 1080 mute, Cab
720 mute and ended with a frontside inverted 720. Kelly was very happy
with her victory tonight saying, “It's an honor to win the first TTR
Halfpipe World Snowboarding Championships, I'm coming off a pretty
incredible winning streak right now and winning this event is really
just the icing on the cake.” Commenting on the level of competition,
Kelly continued, “The level of women's riding was absolutely incredible
tonight and I think that was the most remarkable part of the contest”

The
World Snowboarding Championships will continue tomorrow with slopestyle
finals where the world's best riders will compete for the Slopestyle
World Champion title. For news, photos and videos straight from Oslo,
check out www.ttrworldtour.com orwww.wsc2012.com. All of tomorrow's
slopestyle action can be viewed live at Livestream.com

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