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Life Lessons From Snowboarder Kelly Clark

By Alyssa Roenigk | Mar 16, 2016
Special to espnW.com

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Snowboarder Kelly Clark has more than just an Olympic gold (and two bronze) medals under her belt. At age 32, Clark is the winningest snowboarder of all time, a five-time X Games Aspen champ and a veteran of the sport who happens to be currently ranked No. 2 in the world. Not too shabby in a sport filled with competitors who are often half her age. Clark, who started skiing when she was 2 years old and snowboarding by 7, has grown up on the slopes, literally. Here, the halfpipe queen shares what she's learned along the ride.

The most used app on my phone is The Weather Channel, for checking to see how windy it's going to be at the halfpipe, or what time of the day there's going to be precipitation.

My dad told me I could be anything I wanted to be. "Nothing is impossible" is a core value I live by.

Having to emcee something is my biggest fear. I'm not a hype man.

Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" is my go-to karaoke song. But I need a buddy to do it with, because then we can go down in flames together.

A golden retriever is my favorite animal. I just like them a lot.

My life's goal is to get a golden retriever. I will get a dog eventually. That's been a great hardship of my lifestyle, that it doesn't allow me to have a dog.