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Hannah Teter misses halfpipe finals again; Olympics in jeopardy

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Hannah Teter, the top U.S. women’s halfpipe snowboarder at the last two Olympics, is now 0-for-3 at Olympic selection events.

Teter failed to advance out of qualifying for the third straight event, finishing 16th Wednesday with the top eight advancing to Saturday’s final in Breckenridge, Colo.

“The heat is definitely on moreso than ever before,” Teter said, according to USA Today. “I’ve never had this experience going into the Olympics. I’ve always in the second and third event had good results.”

Teter, 26, won Olympic gold in 2006 and silver in 2010.

The U.S. Olympic selection procedures call for up to three women to make the Olympic Team if they achieve one top-four result over five Olympic selection events. This week is the third of five selection events.

Three U.S. women have top-four results so far, including 2002 Olympic champion Kelly Clark, who has clinched a spot on the Olympic Team. If more than three women achieve a top-four result, the tiebreaker is a points system combining each snowboarder’s top best finishes.

The U.S. Olympic women’s snowboard halfpipe team is expected to include not three but four women. That leaves room for one Olympian to be selected outside of the Olympic selection standings, giving Teter a little bit of hope if she doesn’t improve the next two weeks.

2006 Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler also did not advance to the final in Breckenridge, though Bleiler has a top-four result already.

In men’s halfpipe qualifying, 2010 Olympic bronze medalist Scotty Lago failed to make the 16-man final. He has yet to earn a top-four result through three of five events.

The rest of the U.S. favorites advanced to the men’s and women’s halfpipe finals in Breckenridge — Clark, Arielle GoldElena Hight and Kaitlyn Farrington and Shaun WhiteGreg BretzLouie Vito and Taylor Gold.

White will compete in slopestyle qualification Thursday.

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WATCH LIVE: Big Air at Fenway — 8:30 p.m. ET

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Fenway Park will host some of the world’s best snowboarders in the one-of-a-kind Big Air at Fenway, live on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra on Thursday night.

Snowboard big air riders will descend from a jump that’s four times higher than the Green Monster inside the hallowed Boston Red Sox home.

The finalists include U.S. Olympic slopestyle champion Sage Kotsenburg and women’s Winter X Games champion Spencer O’Brien of Canada. U.S. Olympic slopestyle champion Jamie Anderson was eliminated in earlier qualifying.

Snowboard big air, like slopestyle except riders get one jump per run, will debut at the Olympics at Pyeongchang 2018.

WATCH LIVE: Big Air at Fenway — 8:30 p.m. ET

Big Air at Fenway continues with ski big air Friday at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Live Extra.

World Anti-Doping Agency investigates Kenya

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The World Anti-Doping Agency says Kenya is being investigated for breaching the global anti-doping code.

WADA says an independent compliance review committee will now evaluate Kenya and make a recommendation to WADA’s board on whether the country should be declared non-compliant with the code.

WADA says it asked Kenyan authorities to show commitment to setting up a national anti-doping agency, but “we have not yet received the details nor the assurances we need from Kenya and, therefore, this is now a matter for our independent compliance process.”

Although being declared non-compliant is unlikely to bring sanctions for athletes, it would be another embarrassment for the East African country, which is under severe scrutiny for its doping record.

WADA expects a decision on Kenya’s status in a few weeks.

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