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Clark: Olympics give athletes chance to talk about off-snow work

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SOCHI, Russia -

Kelly Clark says she's anything but disappointed in her performance at the Winter Olympics.

The West Dover native was the favorite going into Wednesday's halfpipe competition, but settled for the bronze. But Clark, who won the gold in 2002 and another bronze in 2010, says she's proud of her performance and her podium finish.

Clark says the Olympics are a great way to show off athletic skills, but the exposure of the world stage also allows athletes to talk about their off-snow interests.

"I started the Kelly Clark Foundation to fund kids with needs and dreams. We help youth be successful through the avenue of snowboarding. It has helped develop me and given me so much life. The sport has developed me into the person I am today. What you learn through sport is invaluable in life," Clark said.

The Kelly Clark Foundation has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to eliminate financial barriers for talented young athletes across the country.

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