Shaun White competes in Sunday's Halfpipe World Cup finals at Mammoth Mountain. (photo: Mateusz Kielpinski/FIS)

Veterans Kelly Clark and Shaun White Upstage Mammoth Halfpipe

Mammoth Lakes, CA – The American snowboarders were dominant at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix halfpipe event on Sunday, sweeping the men’s podium and taking two of the top three spots for the ladies. Shaun White won for the men, while Kelly Clark took the win for the women.

Ryan Wachendorfer (Edwards, Colo.) was second and Louie Vito (Bellefontaine, Ohio) was third for the men, while Hannah Teter (South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) rounded out the ladies’ podium in third behind Japan’s Haruna Matsumoto.

Weather made an impact on the 2017 event, with snow falling throughout the week and high winds canceling the men’s halfpipe qualifiers on Saturday. The full field of 29 men took two runs in the final on Sunday. The women were able to get their qualifiers off on Wednesday, but three of the six women were unable to stay for the final, including Americans Chloe Kim (Torrance, Calif.) and Arielle Gold (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), which was rescheduled from Saturday to Sunday. Another Sierra storm descended upon the riders as they competed in the final on Sunday, with conditions deteriorating throughout the comp.

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Shaun White competes in Sunday's Halfpipe World Cup finals at Mammoth Mountain. (photo: Mateusz Kielpinski/FIS)
Shaun White competes in Sunday’s Halfpipe World Cup finals at Mammoth Mountain. (photo: Mateusz Kielpinski/FIS)

It was a big win for both Clark and White, who are the two most dominant halfpipe riders in snowboarding history, but had not seen the podium yet this season. “I didn’t have the nicest contest at X (Games), so I was excited to come here and be the normal me—put some runs down,” said White, of Carlsbad, Calif., who finished second to last in the X Games pipe last month. His first run consisted of a method to frontside double cork 1080 mute, cab double cork 1080 stale, frontside 540 stale, double mctwist 1260 japan and a frontside 900 to finish things off, scoring a 94.7.

It was also a huge result for Wachendorfer, who scored his first major podium after finding success on the Toyota U.S. Revolution Tour. He’s also the reigning USASA national halfpipe champion. “I’m actually staying for Rev Tour,” he said when asked where he was headed next, “so I’ll be here for another week.”

Defending Mammoth champion Clark, a three-time Olympic medalist, stomped a solid second run consisting of frontside air, backside 540, frontside 1080, cab 720, crippler and a final backside air to earn the high score of 91.75 and relegate Japan’s Haruna Matsumoto to second place.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
FIS Snowboard World Cup
Toyota U.S. Grand Prix – Mammoth Mountain, CA – Feb. 5, 2017

Men’s Halfpipe

Rank NATION Name Tot. Points WC Points
1 USA WHITE Shaun 94.75 1000
2 USA WACHENDORFER Ryan 90.75 800
3 USA VITO Louie 83.25 600
4 USA BRETZ Gregory 82.25 500
5 USA PATES Jake 81.75 450
6 AUS JAMES Scotty 75.25 400
7 USA JOSEY Chase 70.00 360
8 AUS CALLISTER Kent 69.00 320
9 USA ESSER Brett 68.50 290
10 USA BLACKWELL Chase 67.25 260

Women’s Halfpipe

Rank NATION Name Tot. Points WC Points
1 USA CLARK Kelly 91.75 1000
2 JPN MATSUMOTO Haruna 87.50 800
3 USA TETER Hannah 36.25 600
4 USA KIM Chloe 500
5 CHN LIU Jiayu 450
6 USA GOLD Arielle 400
7 USA KALAPOS Zoe 78.25 360
8 AUS CRAWFORD Holly 76.50 320
9 FRA THOVEX Mirabelle 76.25 290
10 JPN IMAI Kurumi 72.75 260

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