Who will be the oldest member of the 2018 U.S. Olympic team?
Here are some candidates:
Bode Miller, Alpine Skiing, Age 39
The six-time Olympic medalist hasn’t raced since severing his right hamstring tendon in a February 2015 World Championships crash. But Miller hasn’t retired and has spoken of a possible comeback next season.
Nate Holland, Snowboard Cross, Age 38
Seven X Games titles but no Olympic medals for Holland, who has taken part in all three Olympic snowboard cross competitions and made the final once, finishing fourth in Vancouver. Holland won a World Cup at the PyeongChang Olympic venue last February.
Seth Wescott, Snowboard Cross, Age 40
The Maine native won the first two Olympic snowboard cross titles in 2006 and 2010 and then failed to qualify for Sochi. Wescott just couldn’t get back from a complete reconstruction of his left ACL in April 2013 after falling into an Alaska crevasse while shooting part of a film for ski and snowboard director Warren Miller. Wescott finished 10th in his last World Cup on Jan. 21, his best finish in nearly four years.
KC Boutiette, Speed Skating, Age 46
The pioneer of the inline invasion to speed skating came out of a nine-year international retirement in 2015 with an eye on the mass start event, which makes its Olympic debut in PyeongChang. He won a World Cup race in December for the first time in 12 years. Boutiette could go 24 years between his first and last Olympic appearances.
The oldest member of the U.S. Olympic team in Vancouver and Sochi was a curler. And just last year, three members of the U.S. Nationals-winning rink were born in the 1970s — Brady Clark, Greg Persinger and Philip Tilker.
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Lindsey Jacobellis extended her female record for X Games gold medals — Summer or Winter — with her 10th snowboard cross title on Sunday.
Jacobellis, 30, outleaned Czech Olympic champ Eva Samkova in a photo finish after passing Samkova midway down the course under falling snow.
Full results are here.
“I could hear you,” Jacobellis told Samkova, who got the hole shot out of the start, afterward in the finish area. “I was like, no, go away.”
Jacobellis is one of the greatest Olympic sports athletes of all time, yet she has not won an Olympic gold medal. In 20 career appearances in major championships snowboard cross competitions (Olympics, X Games, Worlds), she has 14 gold medals.
In the men’s race, two-time Olympic champion Seth Wescott and Sochi bronze medalist Alex Deibold were eliminated in the quarterfinals. Seven-time X Games champion Nate Holland bowed out in the semis. Full results are here.
Earlier, Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy earned his second silver of these X Games in ski slopestyle. Kenworthy also took ski halfpipe silver Thursday. Olympic champion Joss Christensen was ninth, with Olympic bronze medalist Nick Goepper 11th. Full results are here.
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20th — 2001 X Games
21st — 2002 X Games
Gold — 2003 X Games (and third in slopestyle and fourth in halfpipe)
Gold — 2004 X Games
Gold — 2005 Worlds
Gold — 2005 X Games
*** Skipped 2006 X Games
Silver — 2006 Olympics
Gold — 2007 Worlds
Silver — 2007 X Games
Gold — 2008 X Games
Gold — 2009 X Games
Gold — 2010 X Games
Fifth — 2010 Olympics
Gold — 2011 Worlds
Gold — 2011 X Games
*** Tore ACL/meniscus in 2012 X Games training run
Gold — 2014 X Games
Seventh — 2014 Olympics
Gold — 2015 Worlds
Gold — 2015 X Games
Gold — 2016 X Games
Two-time Olympic champion Seth Wescott will compete this season for the first time since missing the Sochi Olympic team, according to the Portland (Maine) Press Herald.
“I’m not concerned with my results right now,” Wescott, a 39-year-old Maine native, said, according to the report. “I want to see my speed back in the time trials. I look at this as a rebuilding year.”
Wescott last competed at the January 2014 Winter X Games, bowing out in the quarterfinals and seeing Nick Baumgartner earn the last spot on the U.S. Olympic team.
Wescott won the first two Olympic men’s snowboard cross titles in 2006 and 2010 and hoped in Sochi to become the first American man to win three golds in the same Winter Olympic event.
He could still be the first to do so in Pyeongchang, though at 41 would be older than any previous Olympic snowboarder, according to sports-reference.com.
Wescott underwent a complete reconstruction of his left ACL in April 2013 after falling into an Alaska crevasse while shooting part of a film for ski and snowboard director Warren Miller. He tore the ACL and broke his tibia and skipped the 2014-15 season for recovery.
“I had a little tightness in my knee on day one, but all the pain I was experiencing in my patella tendon last year is gone,” Wescott said, according to newspaper.
The World Cup snowboard cross season starts in December.
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