Winter X Games 15 Video: Watch Kelly Clark Make History with Victory Lap 1080

Tom KinslowFeatured ColumnistJanuary 30, 2011

Winter X Games 15 video is here, and we're looking at Kelly Clark, who made X Games history as she hit a 1080 in open competition at the event and cruised to a gold medal in the Super pipe event.

“It’s been an incredible night,” Clark said to the Aspen Daily News. “After winning, I had the opportunity to try a trick that I’ve been working on for a long time...It’s just amazing being a part of a sport that’s progressing and I hope it does a lot for women’s sports.”

Clark already had the gold medal in the bag when she took her final run at the pipe, and when you're that far ahead, why not just go for it and see what happens. She went for it and nailed it as the crowd and her fellow competitors went wild, meeting her at the end of the run to celebrate.

Putting a damper on the festivities was the result Gretchen Bleiler experienced after suffering a bad fall and seeing her scores suffer as well.

“I think you want to see everyone go out there and land their best runs,” Clark said to the media. “It’s hard when you don’t see that. One of my favorite games was last year’s X Games when we went head-to-head—it’s [fun] to have friends push you.”

Despite that, the one thing you can count on is that this won't be the last time that you see Clark whip out the 1080 in open competition.

“I definitely want to polish that one,” Clark said the to the media. “It’s one thing to land, but I can definitely clean it up a bit. I have a few other tricks I’m looking to add in—it’s a great place in the season for me.”