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US Olympic Pipe Riders Announced

Team America: Hannah Teter, Gretchen Bleiler, Kelly Clark, Shaun White, Louie Vito and Scotty Lago. Greg Bretz and Elena Hight not pictured.

After some madness in their qualifying Grand Prix series of contests, the guys and gals who’ll be dropping into the Vancouver u-tube for the USA have been announced.

The Grand Prixs were nuts. Shaun White landed the best pipe run ever, only to have Danny Davis land the best pipe run ever at the next stop. Both were looking odds on to take two of the four men’s spots. Then Danny got injured and dropped out the running, Scotty Lago stayed consistent throughout the series with dancing boy Louie Vito’s solid double corks seeing him place well, and at the last relative unknown Greg Bretz edged out Luke Mitrani and former bronze medallist JJ Thomas to book his spot in Canada.

Have a look at Greg in this video from Whitelines and see some of the smoothness and tech that saw him bag his spot. Oh, and the guy landing the best pipe run ever to win the gig? That’ll be Shaun White…

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Things were a little less dramatic for the women, where the squad of Hannah Teter, Kelly Clark, Gretchen Bleiler and Elena Hight is exactly the same as the one that rocked up to Torino four years ago. Like White, Clark blitzed the series winning four of the five stops and must be the bookies favourite to take the gold. But then there’s rumours Torah Bright has a double in her bag…

Whatever you think of Olympics, double corks, spin-to-win and competitive snowboarding in general, there’s no denying that this little contest in February will be interesting to say the least.


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