With so many top-level riders hailing from the US of A, qualifying was particularly tough ask. US riders had five events in which to post their strongest results in both halfpipe and slopestyle, with their top 2 scores counting.
After the entire Breckenridge event was cancelled due to bad weather, three slopestyle and halfpipe Grand Prix events were held last week at Mammoth Mountain, the scores from which were combined with the prior two events to determine the slope and halfpipe Olympic team. It was so confusing that Pat Bridges of Snowboarder Mag had to make an entire video explaining it.
So far the team stands like this:
Our take on the team:
With 3 Olympic medallists including Shaun White and Kelly Clark in their halfpipe teams, the US will be a force to be reckoned with in the stunt ditch and our money is still on Shaun to take gold in pipe.
On the slopestyle side of things the US have got the favourite for Olympic gold in Jamie Anderson and it will be interesting to see how Shaun White fares against very strong Norwegian and Canadian teams.
Though they may be underdogs in the grand scheme of things we’re totally hyped that Sage Kotsenberg and Danny Davis made the US team. These two dudes are exactly what snowboarding is all about: style, not taking yourself too seriously and keeping it stylish. We know we’ll be able to count on them to keep their runs creative and exciting and and we’re rooting for them!