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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