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Early upsets
The U.S. Olympic selection events kicked off at the iON Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colo, and the season started with a shock when Greg Bretz (middle) upset Shaun White for the men’s snowboard superpipe win. Taylor Gold finished third and proved he was a real contender for the U.S. Olympic team.
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Sneak Attack
Greg Bretz kicked off his Road to Sochi with a big win at Dew Tour, upsetting defending champ Shaun White. With his season kicked into motion, Bretz then laid down an impressive set of runs at the Copper Grand Prix a few weeks later, placing second and putting himself in prime position to make the U.S. team. This former Olympic underdog - who snuck onto the team in Vancouver - is now one of the riders leading the pack to Sochi.
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Prepped and Primed
Kelly Clark kicked off her season with a strong run at the iON Mountain Championships in Breckenridge, Colo but fell short of 2010 gold medalist Torah Bright's top score. The Sochi Olympics will mark the first rematch between Clark and Bright since Breckenridge.
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Golden child
With a win at the Copper Grand Prix, Taylor Gold continued his breakout season. Finishing on the podium at each of the first four qualifiers, Gold was the first to officially secure his spot on the U.S. men's halfpipe team.
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Defending gold
Shaun White soars above the halfpipe at the U.S. Grand Prix at Breckenridge, Colo. The contest was ultimately cancelled, but he took advantage the following week in Mammoth, winning the final two qualifiers. The two-time defending Olympic champion is coming armed to Sochi with a new frontside double cork 1440, which is similar to a double McTwist 1260 but adds another half-revolution.
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