The Olympic picture for U.S. snowboarders started to come into focus this weekend at the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, California.
Superstar Shaun White will be a two-event Olympian after qualifying in both the slopestyle and half-pipe disciplines. He'll be joined in slopestyle by Sage Kotsenburg and Chas Guldemond, while Taylor Gold and Greg Bretz will compete in half-pipe. Danny Davis was awarded a fourth spot in men's half-pipe as a discretionary selection, according to Nick Zaccardi of NBC Sports.
On the women's side, Kaitlyn Farrington will be heading to Sochi in half-pipe along with Kelly Clark, Arielle Gold and Hannah Teter, who was awarded a discretionary berth after Sunday's competition (per NBC Sports). Jamie Anderson and Ty Walker are the two athletes confirmed for women's slopestyle.
The U.S. can take a total of 23 riders to Sochi. Thirteen of those spaces were filled on Sunday. More names are expected later this week in snowboard cross and parallel giant slalom, as well as more discretionary picks that could span any of the disciplines.
Congratulations to all of today's newly-minted Olympians!
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