Bobby Brown is going to Sochi. Alex Schlopy moved closer to joining him Friday, while the reigning world champion must wait and hope.
Schlopy, the 2011 World Champion, won with a first-run score of 92.20 in the fourth of five Olympic selection events in ski slopestyle at Park City, Utah, on Friday.
Brown, the 2010 Winter X Games champion, was second with 91.80. That was enough for Brown to join Nick Goepper on the U.S. Olympic Team with a final Olympic selection event coming Saturday.
Gus Kenworthy was third. Kenworthy and Schlopy are the only skiers who could clinch the last possible automatic spot on the U.S. Olympic Team in the final selection event. They need a top-three result overall.
Schlopy is the son of two-time U.S. Olympic Alpine skier Holly Flanders and former Buffalo Bills kicker Todd Schlopy. He’s also the cousin of three-time U.S. Olympic Alpine skier Erik Schlopy, who is married to four-time U.S. Olympic swimming medalist Summer Sanders.
Tom Wallisch, the 2013 World Champion, finished ninth. That is notable because it eliminated any chance of Wallisch automatically qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team. He could still be named as a discretionary selection.
Here are the Olympic selection standings through four of five events:
Men’s Ski Slopestyle – Three automatic Olympic spots
1. Nick Goepper — 200 (clinched Olympic berth)
2. Bobby Brown — 180 (clinched Olympic berth)
3. Alex Schlopy — 150
4. Gus Kenworthy — 110
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The 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the final competition to determine the Pyeongchang Olympic team, will be in San Jose, California, at the SAP Center, concluding Jan. 7.
It appears to be the earliest the U.S. Figure Skating Championships will end in an Olympic year in at least 50 years.
The competition will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed live on Icenetwork.com.
San Jose previously hosted the U.S. Championships in 1996 and 2012, but it has never hosted in an Olympic year.
Sochi Olympian Polina Edmunds is from San Jose and figures to receive a boost of crowd support. Edmunds, 18, begins classes at nearby Santa Clara University next month.
The January 2017 U.S. Championships will be in Kansas City. The international figure skating season starts next month, with Skate America kicking off the Grand Prix season in October.
Recent Nationals host cities in Olympic years were Boston in 2014 and Spokane, Washington, in 2010.
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Olympic coaches don’t receive gold medals. Fiji Olympic men’s rugby coach Ben Ryan may have gotten something better anyway.
Ryan’s reward for guiding Fiji to its first Olympic medal in any sport — gold in rugby sevens’ Olympic debut — included three acres of land in Fiji and a new name, Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara, according to Fijian reports.
Ryan, a London native, is stepping down as coach of the Fijian team. The 44-year-old coached the team for three years after leading the England national sevens team for six years.
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