Park City, Utah (January 23, 2010) – Park City Mountain Resort's Eagle Superpipe, where history was made during the 2002 Winter Games, served as the perfect backdrop to name the 2010 U.S. Halfpipe team on Saturday, January 23, 2010, following the final stop of the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix. Park City All-Star and 2006 Olympic Gold medalist Shaun White and 2002 Olympic Gold medalist Kelly Clark will headline the team. Louie Vito and Scotty Lago will make their first Winter Games debut in Vancouver. The 2006 gold and silver medalists, Hannah Teter and Gretchen Bleiler, round out the six members named tonight. The United States Ski and Snowboarding Association will name the final two team members on Monday, January 25, 2010.
"I’ve always loved competing in Park City," said Kelly Clark, who won Olympic gold in the same pipe in 2002, "They build amazing halfpipes, and it’s always fun for me to come back to get to compete and do well."
After a nearly perfect score of 49 on Friday night, White received the highest score ever given in a Grand Prix competition, with a score of 49.5.
"There is always room for improvement," said White. "The judges haven't given a perfect score yet, but I'm going to get it."
The free event, held in the midst of the Sundance Film Festival, as well as a major storm that brought close to four feet of snow to the Resort, went off without a hitch. Thousands of spectators lined the pipe to get a glimpse of the best snowboarders in the United States. The athletes did not disappoint in preparation for Olympic glory. A free concert by multi-platinum rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars ended the historic night.
The Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix will air on NBC at 1 p.m. MST on Sunday, January 24, 2010. For photos of tonight’s competition visit http://bit.ly/5vc5CF.
About Park City Mountain Resort
Park City Mountain Resort, named the most accessible mountain resort in North America by the readers of SKI magazine, is located in the heart of Park City, Utah and is only a 40-minute drive from the Salt Lake City International Airport. With 3,300 acres of unspoiled terrain, the Resort offers groomed Signature Runs£, bumps, powder, trees, eight peaks, nine bowls, four terrain parks, and the Eagle Superpipe. Park City Mountain Resort was once again ranked a Top-five resort by the readers of SKI and Transworld Snowboarding magazines. For more information about Park City Mountain Resort, please visit www.parkcitymountain.com or call (800) 222-PARK.