2006 Olympic champion Hannah Teter‘s bid to make a third U.S. Olympic Team is off to an inauspicious start.
Teter, 26, was the biggest name not to qualify for the women’s snowboard halfpipe final at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colo., on Wednesday. She took 16th in qualifying, where the top eight advance to the final.
The Dew Tour is the first of five events that make up the U.S. Olympic Trials for snowboarding and freeskiing. The overall Olympic qualification standings will be determined by the two best results for an athlete over the five events.
Up to three athletes can be named to the U.S. Olympic Team with this criteria. A fourth athlete can be named as a discretionary selection after the Olympic qualification events conclude.
Teter, who also won 2010 Olympic silver, is vying for one of those spots with 2002 Olympic champion Kelly Clark, 2006 Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler, two-time Olympian Elena Hight and reigning world champion Arielle Gold, among others.
Clark was the top qualifier into Saturday’s women’s halfpipe final. In second was another American, Chloe Kim, who, at 13, is too young to compete in the Sochi Olympics.