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Seth Wescott slow in final qualifier; Sochi status unknown

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Seth Wescott might not get the opportunity to become the first American man to win a Winter Olympic event three straight times.

Wescott, 37, finished 31st in the final World Cup snowboardcross event before the Olympics in Andorra on Sunday.

It marked his second competition since a complete reconstruction of his left ACL in April after falling into an Alaska crevasse while shooting part of a film for ski and snowboard director Warren Miller.

Wescott was 49th in his first race back, also in Andorra, failing to qualify for the 48-man final Saturday.

The U.S. Olympic Team will include at least three and at most four men’s snowboardcross riders.

Three clinched berths via U.S. Snowboarding’s criteria — Trevor JacobAlex Deibold and 2006 and 2010 Olympian Nate Holland.

A fourth man will likely be added as a discretionary selection over the next week or so. That man could be Wescott, given his Olympic pedigree.

Or it could be 2010 Olympian Nick Baumgartner, who was the top U.S. finisher Sunday in eighth place. Baumgartner also has a pair of sixth-place finishes this season.

Wescott has finished better than seventh in one World Cup event since March 2011, winning in Telluride, Colo., in December 2012.

2006 Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis finished third in the women’s race Sunday and has clinched an Olympic berth.

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President Obama to female Olympians: ‘Y’all crushed it’ (video)

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President Barack Obama hosted the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House on Thursday.

Obama opened his speech by saying that he had planned on doing a floor routine with Simone Biles, before ultimately deciding that the room was too crowded. First Lady Michelle Obama interjected to remind the crowd that her husband “can’t touch his toes.”

The President then singled out the athletic accomplishments of Olympians including Biles, Michelle Carter, Simone Manuel, Claressa Shields, Kristin Armstrong, Kim Rhode, Allyson Felix, Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali, Kristi Castlin, Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps and the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

He also recognized: Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab, Sam Kendricks, the U.S. Army reservist who put down his pole and stood at attention when the national anthem started playing, Will Claye, who proposed to U.S. hurdler Queen Harrison after winning an Olympic silver medal, and Abbey D’Agostino, who helped an opponent to her feet after a crash.

“That is exactly what the Olympic spirit and the American spirit should be all about,” Obama said about the sportsmanship of D’Agostino.

The President was particularly enthusiastic about the performance of the female athletes.

“2016 belonged to America’s women Olympians,” Obama said. “Y’all crushed it.”

Watch Obama’s full speech here.

After Obama’s speech, Biles presented him with a surfboard autographed by the Olympians in attendance.

“I’m going to have a lot of time to surf next year,” Obama said.

MORE: Photos of Team USA at the White House

Photos: Team USA at the White House

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House on Thursday.

Below are some of the best photos of Team USA from inside the White House: