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Full list of automatic ski halfpipe, ski slopestyle Olympic qualifiers

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The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association nominated 11 athletes to the Olympic Team in ski halfpipe and ski slopestyle on Saturday night.

Here’s the list:

Men’s Ski Halfpipe
Aaron Blunck — 2012 Youth Olympics bronze medalist
Lyman Currier
David Wise — 2012, 2013 Winter X Games champion, 2013 World Champion

Women’s Ski Halfpipe
Maddie Bowman — 2013 Winter X Games champion, 2012 Winter X Games silver medalist
Brita Sigourney — 2011 Winter X Games silver medalist, 2012 Winter X Games bronze medalist
Angeli VanLaanen

Men’s Ski Slopestyle
Bobby Brown — 2010 Winter X Games champion
Nick Goepper — 2013 Winter X Games champion, 2012 Winter X Games silver medalist, 2013 World Championships bronze medalist
Gus Kenworthy

Women’s Ski Slopestyle
Keri Herman — 2010, 2011 Winter X Games silver medalist, 2011 World Championships bronze medalist
Devin Logan — 2012 Winter X Games silver medalist

As many as five more athletes could be named to the Olympic Team in those events next week via discretionary selections. The number is not definite due to the maximum Olympic team size for freestyle skiing.

A nation can’t send more than 26 freestyle skiers to the Olympics across all disciplines — aerials, moguls, ski cross, ski halfpipe and ski slopestyle — even though it could qualify up to 40 Olympic freestyle skiing spots (four per gender per event).

As of Friday, the U.S. had qualified 34 freestyle skiing quota spots — four men and women each in aerials, moguls, ski halfpipe and ski slopestyle, two men in skicross and zero women in skicross. If it stays that way, the U.S. will not be able to fill eight of those spots.

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Two more halfpipe skiers earn Olympic berths

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Lyman Currier and Aaron Blunck became the last two halfpipe skiers to earn automatic berths on the U.S. Olympic Team on Saturday.

Currier won the fifth and final Olympic selection event in Park City, Utah, completing a final weekend surge to earn his spot in Sochi. He scored 92.6 points in the first of two runs.

Currier, 19, had not been better than the third American finisher over the first three selection events but posted his two best results the last two nights. His Twitter handle is @urmotherlovesme.

Blunck was second to Currier with 92 points, following second- and first-place finishes in the first two selection events in December.

Blunck, 17, was the only U.S. freestyle skier to win a medal at the first Youth Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012. He won bronze in ski halfpipe.

They join David Wise on the U.S. Olympic Team in ski halfpipe. Wise, 23 and a married father from Reno, Nev., is the reigning X Games and world champion and gold-medal favorite in Sochi.

One more halfpipe skier could be added to the Olympic Team as a discretionary selection next week.

The leading candidates are Gus Kenworthy, who already made the Olympic Team in ski slopestyle, and Alex Ferreira, who was second in the fourth selection event Friday.

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France’s Rolland wins ski halfpipe; U.S. Olympic standings

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Frenchman Kevin Rolland closed a busy day of freestyle skiing at Park City, Utah, with a halfpipe victory, helping keep any more U.S. athletes from qualifying for the Olympics.

Rolland, a two-time Winter X Games champion, won with 94.4 points in his second run. Americans Alex Ferreira and Lyman Currier were second and third in the fourth of five Olympic selection events.

Ferreira entered the Olympic selection standings, joining Currier, Aaron Blunck and Gus Kenworthy in a competition for two automatic Olympic berths alongside the already qualified David Wise

Those two berths will be decided at the fifth and final Olympic selection event Saturday, also in Park City.

Ferriera and Kenworthy need top-three results to have a shot at the automatic berths. Blunck and Currier would earn them if neither Ferreira nor Kenworthy make the podium.

Two-time Winter X Games champion Simon Dumont and reigning X Games and world silver medalist Torin Yater-Wallace did not compete Friday and must hope to be put on the U.S. Olympic Team as possible discretionary selections.

Dumont cited ankle soreness on Twitter on Thursday. Yater-Wallace is still recovering from breaking two ribs in a practice crash in Breckenridge, Colo., on Dec. 14, a few weeks after suffering a collapsed lung.

The U.S. Olympic Team in ski halfpipe could include as many as four men.

Men’s Ski Halfpipe – Three automatic Olympic spots
1. David Wise — 200 (clinched Olympic berth)
2. Aaron Blunck — 180 (has two top-three results)
3. Alex Ferreira — 160
4. Lyman Currier — 140 (has two top-three results)
3. Gus Kenworthy — 120

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