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Sochi 2014: U.S. halfpipe and slopestyle Olympic nominations announced

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Following the Jan. 19 conclusion of the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, Calif., the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) revealed the names of the 12 athletes who were nominated to represent the nation in the halfpipe and slopestyle snowboarding events at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Five athletes were selected to compete in the slopestyle event, which will make its Olympic debut in Sochi. Included on the women's side are Jamie Anderson, who finished first at four of the five Grand Prix events, and Ty Walker. Rounding out the men's roster are two-time Olympic halfpipe gold medalist Shaun White, Sage Kotsenburg, and Chas Guldemond.

A total of eight riders headlined by a trio of 2010 Vancouver medalists will compete for golden results in halfpipe. The men's team features White, Greg Bretz, Taylor Gold and discretionary pick Danny Davis. On the women's side are reigning Winter Games bronze medalist Kelly Clark, Kaitlyn Farrington, Arielle Gold and discretionary pick Hannah Teter, who took halfpipe silver in Vancouver.

Following the big reveal, several nominees took to Twitter to share their excitement with fans. Clark posted a photo of herself and her teammates along with a message of gratitude that read "They named the Olympic Team today! I am honored to represent America again! #Roadtosochi #USA…"

Walker, just 16, tweeted the same photo as Clark and the message "it's official! I'm going to Sochi! so honored to be a member of this incredible team. I can't wait to represent the USA in Russia! what a dream come true. #teamUSA #SOCHI2104 #olympians"

On the guys' side, Kotsenburg took a comically understated approach to the good news, tweeting "Yea yea made the olympics first slope team ever woohooo.... Now back to snowboarding......"

Snowboarding action at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi begins Feb. 8 with the men's slopestyle competition.



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