Photos: Men's snowboarding slopestyle qualifying kicks off 2014 Sochi Olympics
Feb 6, 4:30pm EST
Slopestyle snowboarding kicked off the 2014 Sochi Games with a round of qualification. Eight total riders - led by Max Parrot, Roope Tonteri and Staale Sandbech - advanced straight to the final, while everyone else will have one more shot to qualify by competing in Saturday's semifinal.
Max Parrot, Canada
One of a pair of Canadian gold medal favorites, the 2014 X Games champion carried tons of momentum with him over to Sochi, earning the highest score of men's qualifying - a 97.50.
Roope Tonteri, Finland
Tonteri's 95.75 was the second highest score of the qualifying round. He is one of two Finns advancing straight to the final alongside Peetu Piiroinen.
Staale Sandbech, Norway
While fellow Norwegian Torstein Horgmo was forced to miss the contest due to injury, Norway still stands a solid chance of earning a medal thanks to Staale Sandbech, who is enjoying a great season and qualified first in his heat.
Sven Thorgren, Sweden
Two months ago, Thorgren place second at the iON Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, topping the likes of Max Parrot, Seb Toots and Chas Guldemond. He qualified third in his heat in Sochi and has the potential to reach the podium in the final.
Gjermund Braaten, Norway
Brateen was the second Norwegian to make the final, earning the fourth and final transfer spot in a very stacked second heat.