Seven talented riders will represent the U.S. in the snowboard cross events at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia in February, according to nominations revealed by the nation's Ski and Snowboard Association on Jan. 25.
The three women named to the team include first-timer Jackie Hernandez and a pair of returning Olympians. Faye Gulini finished 12th in snowboard cross at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, while Lindsey Jacobellis won silver at the 2006 Torino Games before finishing fifth in Vancouver. Jacobellis' silver medal performance proved one of the most embarrassing moments of the Torino Olympics for the nation, as Jacobellis, then 20, held a sizable lead in the race before falling during an unnecessary jump near the finish line. Tanja Frieden of Switzerland passed her to take the win.
The men's side features Nate Holland, who finished fourth in snowboard cross at the 2010 Games, and a trio of new Olympians in Nick Baumgartner, Alex Deibold and Trevor Jacob.
The snowboard cross events at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi will take place Feb. 16 and 17.