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Spencer O’Brien

Who Says It’s a Guy’s Sport? These Female Snowboarders Are Breaking Boundaries

Written on December 15, 2011 at 11:57 am , by

Spencer O'Brien knows how to get serious air! (Photo courtesy of Alli Sports)

In the world of snowboarding, amazing athletes like Shaun White seem to get the majority of the spotlight (and the TV time). But there are many women who are rocking the slopes too, who can also pull off fantastic tricks and pull in Olympic gold.

FITNESS caught up with two of those ladies before their next competition—the Winter Dew Tour Nike Breckenridge Open, starting today and running through Sunday.

Get to know…

  • Kelly Clark, snowboard superpipe competitor, the only female to win three US Open halfpipe events, Olympic gold (Salt Lake City) and bronze (Vancouver) medal winner, founder of the Kelly Clark Foundation
  • Spencer O’Brien, snowboard slopestyle competitor, 2009 Dew Cup champion and female athlete of the year, X Games silver (2009) and bronze (2008) medalist

How did snowboarding become a passion of yours?

Kelly Clark: I grew up in a small mountain town in Vermont with not much else going on! I was on skis at age 2, and began snowboarding when I was 7. I found it really fun and loved the element of creativity involved.

Spencer O’Brien: My dad used to take my sisters and I skiing, then taught us all to snowboard. It was really a family activity.

What does a typical day of training look like for you?

KC: I’m riding from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., grab lunch, then go to the gym for a few hours. Some days I Spin—it’s good to get the lactic acid out and relieve soreness—and other days I walk or use the trampoline.

SO: I’m typically on the snow two to four hours a day. I warm up and stretch, work on tricks, recover on the Spin bike and do a strength training maintenance program with my physical therapist.

Read on for the workout moves that will make you a better boarder.

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