The historic pipe where U.S. athletes swept the men’s podium and won gold in the women’s event during the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002 entertained the masses with Olympians again. The US Snowboarding Grand Prix made its final stop at Park City Mountain Resort for back to back night competitions, after which the winners were crowned and the 2010 Olympic halfpipe team was be named.
The reduced field comprised of the highest scoring athletes from previous tour stops threw down their best tricks from their bag in an attempt to be one of the few named to the Olympic halfpipe team.
The newest U.S. Snowboard halfpipe team for the Vancouver Games looks a lot like the 2002 and 2006 teams, which is not a bad thing.
Returning from the dominant 2006 men’s and women’s teams are men’s gold medal winner Shaun White and women’s gold medalist Hannah Teter plus women’s silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler. From the 2002 squad that won four of six medals in Park City is women’s gold medalist Kelly Clark.
Others in the men’s top three were Louie Vito and Scotty Lago, who secured his spot with a strong 48-point run in Saturday night’s final that was just two points short of perfection. White won his fourth of five Grand Prix events with a near-perfect 49.50.
U.S. Snowboarding announced the top three male and female riders after the final Grand Prix qualifier, won by White and Clark. The expected fourth man and woman were named Monday after all 18 snowboard team slots are allocated among halfpipe, snowboardcross and parallel giant slalom.
Your 2010 Vancouver Olympic Snowboard Team: Shaun White, Louie Vito, Scotty Lago, Greg Bretz, Kelly Clark, Gretchen Bleiler, Hannah Teter and Elena Hight