Returning for its fifth consecutive showing at the Games, snowboard halfpipe is sure to spin heads once again. Recapping the most recent season, below are some of prime moments from snowboard halfpipe's #RoadToSochi.
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Ready to take on both slopestyle and halfpipe, Shaun White, two-time defending Olympic halfpipe champion, is setting out to take home a third gold in halfpipe and the first-ever gold in slopestyle. Leading up to Sochi, the superstar has produced a documentary, a clothing line, snowboard gear, and even unique gum flavors. It’s no wonder why White is the most recognizable face headed into Sochi.
Leader of the Pack
Kelly Clark is no stranger to the Olympic spotlight. With a gold from Salt Lake City, bronze from Vancouver and a narrow medal miss in Torino, Clark is armed and ready for another medal in Sochi. An Olympic veteran, Clark knows what it takes to compete at this level. While preparing for Sochi, Clark has been training hard at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's Center of Excellence in Park City, Utah, preparing to take home another medal in Sochi. Clark won three qualifying events in a row at one point this season and was the first to officially clinch a spot for the U.S. halfpipe team.
One of the most stylish riders in the sport, Danny Davis made a late push for a spot on the Olympic team with a win at one of the Mammoth Mountain qualifiers. Davis ultimately was nominated to the team as a discretionary selection.
At the final U.S. Grand Prix contest at Mammoth Mountain, Kaitlyn Farrington (middle) took first place, becoming the only rider besides Torah Bright or Kelly Clark to win a major contest this season. With the win, Farrington locked up her first Olympic appearance along with fellow first-time Olympian Arielle Gold.
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Olympic veteran Hannah Teter finished the U.S. Grand Prix strong with three consecutive third-place finishes, securing her a spot on the U.S. Olympic Snowboard halfpipe team as a discretionary pick. Taking home gold in her 2006 Winter Olympic debut in Torino and then silver in Vancouver four years later, Teter is set to take home another medal in Sochi. When she’s not hitting the snow, Teter spends time surfing in Costa Rica and working on her philanthropic initiatives to aid children living in extreme poverty.