Olympic Snowboard Slopestyle 2014 Qualifying: Men's and Women's Live Results

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2014

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The 22nd edition of the Winter Olympics began on Thursday with the men's and women's slopestyle qualifying. 

Eight men qualified for Saturday's final with the remainder of the riders entering a semifinal heat earlier that day to determine the final four riders. 

In the first heat, Staale Sandbech, Sebastien Toutant, Peetu Piiroinen and Jamie Nicholls qualified for the men's final. 

In the second heat, Max Parrot of Canada led the way with a 97.50 on his second run. Joining Parrot from the second heat in the final will be Roope Tonteri, Sven Thorgren and Gjermund Braaten. 

The same format applied to the women's qualification, which will have 15 riders in the semifinals. 

During a first heat marred by crashes and incomplete runs, Isabel Derungs of Switzerland and Australia's Torah Bright led the way in first and second place. The other two qualifiers from the heat were Spencer O'Brien and Enni Rukajarvi.

In the second heat, a pair of Americans, Jamie Anderson and Karly Shorr, advanced to the final along with Anna Gasser and Elena Koenz. 

 

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