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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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The 2018 Winter Games are over, but that doesn’t mean we’ll forget all the amazing heights reached by American athletes. Take a look back at a few of them here with an added twist, powered by Giphy:

18 most dominant athletes from the 2018 Olympics

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My 18 most dominant gold medalists at the Olympics, choosing at least one from each sport. 

1. Ester Ledecka, Czech Republic, Alpine Skiing/Snowboarding
Arguably the greatest athlete on the planet after taking surprise gold in Alpine skiing’s super-G and snowboarding’s parallel giant slalom (where she was the clear favorite). The 22-year-old became the third athlete to win individual Winter Olympic gold medals in different sports, the first since 1932 and the first woman. The other two were done in cross-country skiing and Nordic combined, the latter being a mixture of ski jumping and cross-country skiing. Ledecka’s feat was certainly more impressive.

2. Marit Bjørgen, Norway, Cross-Country Skiing
The most decorated athlete at the Games with five medals, including two golds. Bigger, though, is that the 37-year-old mom broke countryman Ole Einar Bjørndalen’s record for career Winter Olympic medals, finishing with 15. She also tied Bjørndalen and Bjørn Dæhlie’s record of eight Winter Olympic titles by winning the last event of the Games, the 30km, by 109 seconds, the largest Olympic cross-country margin of victory in 38 years. In her final career Olympic race.

3. Yun Sung-Bin, South Korea, Skeleton
Under host-nation pressure, the man in the Iron Man helmet had the fastest run in each of the four heats and won by 1.63 seconds, the largest margin in Olympic skeleton history.

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