Mammoth Celebrates Local 2018 Olympians
As you drive on Main Street or Old Mammoth Road you will see banners of our local 2018 U.S. Olympians Chloe Kim, Maddie Mastro, Shaun White, Stacey Cook and Kelly Clark. Here is a little information about each athlete and their banner.
OLYMPIC BANNERS ON MAIN STREET_CHLOE KIM
In 2014, Chloe Kim, qualified to be on the Winter Olympic Team, but the former member of the Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team was too young to compete. Four years later, Kim at 17 years old, became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding medal when she won gold in the women’s snowboard halfpipe. The second-generation American, whose parents emigrated from South Korea, is also a four-time X Games gold medalist and the first woman to win two gold medals in snowboarding at the Winter Youth Olympic Games. Her banner photo was taken during the 2018 Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain.
OLYMPIC BANNERS ON MAIN STREET_MADDIE MASTRO
In 2016 Maddie Mastro was listed as one of the U.S. Snowboard Team’s “rising halfpipe stars.” Now at just 17 years of age, Mastro has officially earned her spot among the top tier of women’s halfpipe snowboarders. She trains with the Mammoth Mountain Snowboard Team as well as the U.S. Snowboard Team. You may have even witnessed Mastro go through her ritual that involves dancing and doing a secret hand shake with her coach before she drops in for her halfpipe run. It must have worked because this season Mastro earned three podiums at the first four events of the year. And in January she was named to the 2018 Winter Olympic Team in front of her coaches and teammates at Mammoth. Her banner photo was taken during the 2018 Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain.
OLYMPIC BANNERS ON MAIN STREET_SHAUN WHITE
Mammoth Ambassador Shaun White, a four time Olympian holds three Olympic gold medals. He also holds the record for both the most Olympic gold medals and the most X-Games gold medals by a snowboarder. Despite a fall training accident, White came back to qualify for the 2018 US Olympic Team. On February 14, White the last athlete to compete in the Men’s Halfpipe event, was behind by one point. His third and final run consisted of back-to-back 1440s earning him the gold with a score of 97.75. It was also the 100th for the United States at the Winter Olympic Games. His banner photo was taken during the 2018 Olympic Team Naming Ceremony held at Mammoth Mountain.
OLYMPIC BANNERS ON MAIN STREET_STACY COOK
Stacey Cook learned to ski at Tahoe, but when she decided to concentrate on speed events she made the move to the Mammoth Mountain Ski and Snowboard Team. Cook progressed through the program eventually earning a spot on the U.S. Ski Team. In 2015 Cook, Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso, took the first-ever historic U.S. podium sweep in the Lake Louise World Cup downhill. Over the past 12 years Cook has earned a berth on four U.S. Olympic Ski Teams. Unfortunately, this year Cook suffered a serious injury in her last World Cup race just before going to PyeongChang for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Cook tied, but after two training runs it was determined that she hadn’t recovered well enough to race in the downhill. Cook handled the disappointment with grace exhibiting the true Olympic Spirit and setting an example for all the young racers who look up to her. Cook, known for giving back to the ski community, is a current board member for the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation. She can often be found making runs with younger members of MMSST. On December 31, 2017 after her last training run before heading back to the World Cup Tour, Cook stopped to visit with a group of MMSST racers. Her banner photo was taken while she was talking to the young athletes.
OLYMPIC BANNERS ON MAIN STREET_KELLY CLARK
Kelly Clark has been on the U.S. Snowboard Team since 2000.This January she won the Grand Prix Olympic Qualifier at 34 years old with two 17 year olds, Maddie Mastro and Chloe Kim, joining her on the podium. Her win was just what she needed to be named to her fifth Olympic Snowboard Team. The three-time Olympic medal winner took gold in the halfpipe in 2002 at Salt Lake City, and bronze medals in 2010 at Vancouver and again in 2014 at Sochi. Clark took fourth in PyeongChang, but the athlete she had mentored stood on the podium. That athlete was none other than Mammoth’s Chloe Kim. In addition to her Olympic medals, Clark has won 16 X-Games medals, the most X Games medals for a female and 2015 she received the Best Female Action Sports Athlete ESPY Award. Her banner photo was taken at Mammoth during the 2018 Grand Prix.
The photos used on the banners were taken by MMCF’s Media Director Susan Morning.