Kelly Clark & Maame Biney, at Olympics, not deflated
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (BP) -- Snowboarder Kelly Clark fell just short of adding to her Olympic medal collection, finishing fourth in the women's halfpipe competition earlier this week.
"I'm not done yet, but I don't think that many people get to stay around long enough to see what their legacy could look like," Clark, 34, said. "I'm extremely proud of these girls and I take a lot of pride in seeing them do well. It's been great to be a part of it for so long."
Competing in her fifth Olympics, Clark has three medals to her credit -- gold in 2002 and bronze in 2010 and 2014. Her gold in Salt Lake City was the first ever gold medal for the United States in a snowboarding event.
Clark has hinted that this could be her last Olympics, and she's pleased with what she has accomplished -- especially in terms of her role as a snowboarding pioneer.
"If your dream only involves you, it's too small of a dream," she said. "I don't want to get done snowboarding and just have a good string of competition results, medals, accomplishments. I want to look at a culture that's better because I was a part of it."
Meanwhile at the Olympics, Maame Biney, the 18-year-old short-track speed skater, didn't advance past the quarterfinals in the 500-meter event. Her time of 44.772 seconds in the quarterfinals was well off her qualifying heat time of 43.665 seconds.
"I lost my rhythm throughout the whole race and I couldn't find it again," she said. "Over the next four years, I'm going to try to find that rhythm and just keep going."
Biney still has the 1,500-meter race, but the 500 is her best event.
In hockey, Gigi Marvin scored a goal in the U.S. women's 5-0 win over the Olympic Athletes from Russia Feb. 13. The U.S. team finished the preliminary round with a 2-1 record and advances to the semifinals.
On the men's side, Noah Welch made a sliding empty net save early in the first U.S. men's game against Slovenia, but the Americans couldn't hold a 2-0 lead and fell 3-2 in overtime. However, the team faced Slovakia Thursday night (Feb. 15) and took a 2-1 victory, remaining alive in the competition and handing Slovakia its first loss.