Bright golden in superpipe; Aspen’s Bleiler takes spill |

Bright golden in superpipe; Aspen’s Bleiler takes spill

Pat Graham
The Associated Press
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Torah Bright, of Australia, catches air during the Women's Snowboard SuperPipe competition at the Winter X Games 13 at Buttermilk Ski Area, near Aspen, Colo. on Friday, Jan., 23, 2009. Bright placed first. (AP Photo/Nathan Bilow)
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ASPEN ” Australian snowboarder Torah Bright turned in a magnificent run to capture gold Friday in the superpipe at the Winter X Games in Aspen.

Aspen’s hometown favorite and defending champ Gretchen Bleiler withdrew after a nasty spill on her second run.

Vermont’s Kelly Clark finished second and California’s Hannah Teter wound up with the bronze.

“Someone is always trying to bring a new trick out of the bag,” said Bright, who also won gold in ’07. “I just wanted to ride my best and ride how I know I can. We’ve all taken our fair share of beatings this week.”

The pipe definitely inflicted some pain.

Bright competed with her left shoulder wrapped up after falling in a practice run.

“It hurt. I was a little worried this afternoon,” she said.

Bleiler took a mean tumble as well, catching the lip of the pipe and slamming her back down hard on her second run. The Aspen resident stayed on the ground for some time before getting back up and boarding down. She didn’t attempt a third.

“That was heavy,” Teter said of Bleiler’s wipeout. “She got shook up.”

So did Clark, wiping out in two of her runs. She had a shiner underneath her right eye courtesy of a fall.

“You should have seen the other guy,” Clark said, smiling.

Clark was working on a great run, too, throwing in some massive amplitude before tumbling down.

Still, she was pleased with her performance.

“I wasn’t able to land the run I wanted. But it was pretty close,” said Clark, who’s now won six medals at Winter X. “I’m feeling really confident. I’ve had a great season so far.”

1. Torah Bright / Cooma, Australia / 91.33

2. Kelly Clark / Mount Snow, Vt. / 88.33

3. Hannah Teter / South Lake Tahoe, Calif. / 83.00

4. Ellery Hollingsworth / Darien, Conn. / 70.66

5. Kaitlyn Farrington / Bellevue, Idaho / 66.00

6. Gretchen Bleiler/ Aspen, Colo. / 40.00

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