US Snowboarding Grand Prix Results 2013: Pegging Standouts at Copper Mountain

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US Snowboarding Grand Prix Results 2013: Pegging Standouts at Copper Mountain
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The final day of competition isn't until Dec. 22, but a few of the United States' best snowboarders have already made their mark at the first leg of the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix

Competition began on Dec. 16 in Copper Mountain, Colo., the first of three sites that serve as the official qualifying series for the Sochi Winter Olympics. The finals will be completed on Sunday, but there's already been enough action to react to.

A handful of competitors have already made it through the event's finals. Chief among them are the three stars listed below. You can view all the results here.

 

Kelly Clark

This should come as no surprise. The winningest snowboarder in history keeps performing at a high level. Clark had the highest score on halfpipe and second place wasn't really close. Clark's 96.00 set the standard in all heats (fellow American Arielle Gold had the second-highest score at 90.50).

Check out Kelly's amplitude during one of her runs.

Prior to the Grand Prix, Clark had already qualified for the Sochi Games on Dec. 11 at the Dew Tour's iON Mountain Championship in Breckenridge, Colo. The legend and pioneer of the sport is simply extending her dominance in Copper Mountain.

 

Jamie Anderson

Not to be outdone by Clark, Anderson shined brightly during the slopestyle qualifying runs. Just like Clark, Anderson set the pace with a 96.00 score in Heat 1.

Heavy snow forced Anderson and the other competitors to be a little less daring in their slopestyle routines, but her execution was top-notch. The 23-year-old had won the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championship title as well with an identical score.

She's showing no signs of slowing down as she maintained consistency—even in less-than-ideal circumstances.

 

Greg Betz

Last year was a bit slow for Betz, but he appears to be peaking at the right time. He was great on the halfpipe with a score of 94.00. It was good enough to win Heat 3 and just edged out France's Arthur Longo and fellow American Ben Ferguson for the best score of the day in the event.

Betz celebrated with a pretty boss Instagram image below.

 

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