words by John Cavan
photos provide by Kelly Clark
For those of you who happened to be watching the World Series Champions Boston Red Sox getting walloped recently by the New York Yankees, you may have noticed a familiar face being honored out on the famous Fenway Park mound. Four-time Olympian and recent Sochi bronze medalist, Kelly Clark was on hand to watch the game from the field. Unfortunately her good luck couldn’t help the Red Sox, but we caught up with her to get her thoughts on the night.
How did you end up on the field at Fenway?
Boston is such a big sports town and I think they look for any opportunity to celebrate sports there. Any cool post-Olympic opportunities that come up I usually try to make happen and this one was definitely an honor. The reception we got from the crowd was pretty awesome, too. I was with a few other New England Olympians. We got to hang out on the field before the game and then they brought the us out to the mound and announced us. We then stood out there for the national anthem and the captain of the women’s hockey team threw the first pitch.
Coming from Vermont have you always been a fan of the Red Sox?
Yeah, I was born in Rhode Island and grew up in Vermont. As those little states don’t have their own sports teams, we usually end up being Boston fans. Now I just have to figure out how to get the Patriots post-Olympic hook up.
Did you get to meet any of the players?
No….We said “‘sup,” waved and did some head nods when we walked past the dugout and the guys were receptive and said, “hey” back.
Did you throw any pitches and if so how did you do?
No, it would have been cool…or embarrassing…or something.
How has your post-Olympics time been? What have been some of your highlights?
I thought it would have slowed down after Russia, but it has been pretty full on. I had fun at the US Open and I got to go to Baldface and the snow was all time. I think that has been my favorite part so far.
What are your plans now, are you still shredding? Do you have any chill time planned?
I am on the road off and on through mid-May. Burton shoots, US team camp and Kimmy’s amusement park in mammoth. When I do get time off I’ll probably stay home and get some time wake surfing on the lake. I am a fan of the staycation; time at home is the best.