Gretchen Bleiler

January 30, 2011 by staff 

Gretchen Bleiler, Women’s Superpipe on Saturday night at the Winter X Games, the hometown favorite Gretchen Bleiler had a night to forget. Clark becomes the first woman in history to complete a 1080 in competition. But he was defending champion Bleiler who was unable to make a clean race in three attempts, crashing on all of them. Bleiler had qualified second behind Clark.

“It’s something I worked for a long time, I could not imagine a better place for the country,” Clark said of the 1080 frontside. “I hope it does the women’s snowboarding to another level.”

Clark had the gold medal in hand before her last run (she placed a 92.33 point effort from her first trip down) and was able to try the 1080 for a second time. She tried the trick on the final touches on its second run, but lower.

Bleiler was finally entering its final run after the accident on her first two series. On her first run she had just completed a 720 when she grabbed the edge back on her third hit and slammed her hip, then her head hard on the bottom. It was not as bad as the spill she took the 2009 X Games, when she fell 22 feet from the wall before smashing her head on the bottom.

That climate change is something that only our grandchildren need to worry? Wrong!

It is affecting us today, in many ways both big and small. And although it seems ironic when the Northeast is hit by storms, it is equally true that screwing the climate is screwed snow patterns. And that affects sports such as skiing in winter and boarding.

Remember when the Olympics in Vancouver have had trouble with snow? Gretchen Bleiler does not make you forget. The winner of an Olympic silver medal and 4 X-Games gold wants you to know that you should take seriously global warming:

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