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Tom Wallisch skis record 424 feet on railslide (video)

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Tom Wallisch, an X Games and World champion slopestyle skier, nearly doubled the record for longest rail grind on skis.

Wallisch slid 424 feet, shattering the previous record of 241 feet, according to ESPN.com.

Wallisch, 28, failed to qualify for the four-man ski slopestyle team for the Sochi 2014 Olympics, one year after winning the World Championships.

Wallisch revealed after missing the team that he suffered a torn ACL in fall 2013.

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Gus Kenworthy locks up U.S. Olympic ski slopestyle spot

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Gus Kenworthy earned the third automatic U.S. men’s Olympic ski slopestyle berth Saturday, leaving the last two world champions to hope for one possible discretionary selection.

Kenworthy, 22 and born in London, took second in the fifth and final Olympic selection event in Park City, Utah, scoring a 95-point run. Another American, Joss Christensen, won with 95.6 points.

Christensen did not qualify for the Olympics because he did not have a previous podium result in Olympic selection events.

Nick Goepper and Bobby Brown had previously earned automatic U.S. Olympic spots in ski halfpipe. Kenworthy joins them and will look for his first medal at a major event, having not made the podium at a Winter X Games or World Championships.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association could add one more man to the Olympic Team as a discretionary pick. The top contenders are 2013 World Champion Tom Wallisch, 2011 World Champion Alex Schlopy and Christensen.

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Bobby Brown clinches Olympic spot as Alex Schlopy wins ski slopestyle event

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Bobby Brown is going to Sochi. Alex Schlopy moved closer to joining him Friday, while the reigning world champion must wait and hope.

Schlopy, the 2011 World Champion, won with a first-run score of 92.20 in the fourth of five Olympic selection events in ski slopestyle at Park City, Utah, on Friday.

Brown, the 2010 Winter X Games champion, was second with 91.80. That was enough for Brown to join Nick Goepper on the U.S. Olympic Team with a final Olympic selection event coming Saturday.

Gus Kenworthy was third. Kenworthy and Schlopy are the only skiers who could clinch the last possible automatic spot on the U.S. Olympic Team in the final selection event. They need a top-three result overall.

Schlopy is the son of two-time U.S. Olympic Alpine skier Holly Flanders and former Buffalo Bills kicker Todd Schlopy. He’s also the cousin of three-time U.S. Olympic Alpine skier Erik Schlopy, who is married to four-time U.S. Olympic swimming medalist Summer Sanders.

Tom Wallisch, the 2013 World Champion, finished ninth. That is notable because it eliminated any chance of Wallisch automatically qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team. He could still be named as a discretionary selection.

Here are the Olympic selection standings through four of five events:

Men’s Ski Slopestyle – Three automatic Olympic spots
1. Nick Goepper — 200 (clinched Olympic berth)
2. Bobby Brown — 180 (clinched Olympic berth)
3. Alex Schlopy — 150
4. Gus Kenworthy — 110

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