With just one event remaining in the U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, the American mens freestyle skiing half-pipe team for Sochi remains far from settled.
In Friday night's action from Park City, Utah, Kevin Rolland of France was the overall winner, but the real story was that no American skier was able to punch their ticket to the Winter Games.
David Wise, by virtue of his two first-place finishes during the Grand Prix, has already secured his spot on the team, but after tonight's action, the other three spots remain very much up for grabs.
Aaron Blunck, who came into tonight's competition in second place overall, needed just to finish tops amongst American skiers to qualify. He turned in two solid, but unspectacular, runs and finished a disappointing fifth. Despite the missed opportunity, he is still in solid shape to qualify for the Olympics, and he'll get another chance to secure passage during Saturday's final qualifying event.
The big winner tonight on the American side was Alex Ferreira.
Ferreira, who hadn't reached the podium in any of the previous qualifying events, secured a second-place finish and has now firmly placed his name into contention for a spot on the team.
Conspicuous by his absence in Park City was Simon Dumont. In third place heading into tonight's event, and with an excellent shot at making the team, Dumont was scratched from competition and taken to the hospital with an undisclosed injury.
The Grand Prix concludes Saturday afternoon, and it will be followed shortly thereafter by the official announcement of the bulk of the U.S. Freestyle Team.
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