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U.S. Olympic Snowboard Cross Team named

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Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis and 2006 and 2010 Olympian Nate Holland will lead the U.S. Olympic Snowboard Cross Team in Sochi.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced the seven-rider roster Saturday.

Jacobellis and Holland were among five riders who had already earned their spots or been previously announced as team members. The others were first-time Olympians Alex Deibold and Trevor Jacob and 2010 Olympian Nick Baumgartner.

Baumgartner earned his spot over two-time Olympic champion Seth Wescott on Friday.

Jacobellis and Holland won Winter X Games titles Friday; Jacobellis’ gold was record-breaking.

The two new announcements were Jackie Hernandez and 2010 Olympian Faye Gulini.

Hernandez, 21, ranks 10th in the World Cup standings this season. Gulini, also 21, was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 2010 Olympics.

Jacobellis is the U.S.’ best hope at gold in snowboard cross, which made its Olympic debut in 2006. It was in Torino that Jacobellis crashed on a method grab while leading on the next to last jump and took silver.

In 2010, Jacobellis was disqualified in the semifinals after hitting a gate and finished fifth. She ranks second in the World Cup standings behind Canadian Dominique Maltais, the 2006 Olympic bronze medalist.

The final members of the U.S. Olympic Team — up to 20 Alpine skiers — will be announced Sunday.

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Nate Holland breaks collarbone in snowboardcross training

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Two-time U.S. snowboardcross Olympian Nate Holland is in jeopardy of missing the Sochi Games after breaking a collarbone in training, the International Ski Federation (FIS) told NBCOlympics.com.

Holland, 35, suffered the injury before the first World Cup snowboardcross event in Montafon, Austria, this weekend.

Holland was considered a Sochi medal contender. He was 14th at the 2006 Olympics and fourth at the 2010 Olympics, where teammate Seth Wescott won gold both times. Holland won bronze at the 2007 and 2011 World Championships and is a six-time Winter X Games champion, the most recent in 2012.

Wescott, 37, is recovering from left ACL injury surgery in April and not competing in Montafon.

2006 Olympic silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis returned from a January 2012 left knee injury and two surgeries to place seventh, one spot behind U.S. teammate Jackie Hernandez.

Hernandez finished last in the A final after crashing. She was taken to the hospital. In an email Saturday morning, U.S. Snowboarding said it would have updates on Holland and Hernandez’s injuries later.

2010 Olympic halfpipe champion Australian Torah Bright, attemping to compete in halfpipe, slopestyle and snowboardcross in Sochi, finished 20th.

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