Hannah Teter, a dual Winter Olympics halfpipe medalist, has failed to make the finals in the first two USSA snowboarding events this season - contests that determine who will earn Olympic berths on Team USA.
At Wednesday night’s qualification round at the Sprint US Grand Prix event at Colorado’s Copper Mountain resort, she missed the eight-woman cutoff by finishing in the 11th spot. Her two-run 74.25/77.00 scoring placed her just out of reach of the elite eight who advance to the finals on Saturday.
Last week she began her three-peat Olympics quest at the Dew Tour’s iON Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, CO. In this opening Team USA qualifier, she settled for a lowly 16th position - mustering a mediocre 56.20 and a sketchy 25.20 score.
With only four spots likely to be allotted to the women snowboarders by the USSA, the opportunities for the 26-year-old are dwindling.
Teter, who graced the halfpipe podium with a gold at the Torino 2006 Olympics, and then silver at the 2010 Vancouver Games, has only three more chances left to board the “Sochi Express.” The tour resumes in January with three more contests to be held by mid-month at California resorts.
Her soul sisters, Olympic medalists Kelly Clark and Gretchen Bleiler, have advanced to the final eight at these two events and are on track for punching a ticket. Teter must also contend with two-time Olympian Elena Hight, veteran Kaitlyn Farrington, and rising phenom Arielle Gold – all three of whom have progressed to the finals at these two qualifiers.
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