USSA adds a third Olympic qualifier to Mammoth Grand Prix schedule

Comments by Kelli Lynn Hargrove/

After a chaotic weekend in Breckenridge which ended with a scrapped competition and the loss of an Olympic qualifier, the USSA has announced its plan to hold a replacement qualifying event in Mammoth this week, meaning that US athletes will be competing in three Olympic qualifiers over the course of just four days, at the end of which the US Olympic snowboard team will be officially announced. The plan is still pending closure of any formal appeals to the FIS, but it does have approval from the US Olympic Committee.

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Peter Morning / Mammoth Mountain

Here is the proposed schedule for the final three contests:

Thursday, Jan. 16 – Slopestyle qualifier #3, slopestyle qualifier #4
Friday, Jan. 17 – Halfpipe qualifier #3, halfpipe qualifier #4
Saturday, Jan. 18 – Slopestyle qualifier #5
Sunday, Jan. 19 – Halfpipe qualifier #5; announcement of team nominations

Speaking to ESPN, Ben Ferguson, who nailed a second place podium at Copper’s Grand Prix but missed the top three in last week’s qualifiers, stated that “The whole contest cancellation is a little messed up, and some riders are upset, I’m stoked to get another shot at getting good results, though, no matter how hectic the schedule is.”

“I put my two cents in about how I thought this should go,” added Chas Guldemond, “But at the end of the day, a group of people got together to try to come up with the best decision for everyone. It is what it is. I’m tired from all this traveling, and this crazy schedule they’ve got us on, but [at] this point, I’m just going with the flow.”

Click here to read about the cancellation of the Breckenridge Grand Prix, and see current Olympic Standings