Halfway to Sochi: Breckenridge Grand Prix finals start Friday

Part of the Five Stops To Sochi series presented by Mammoth

Update: Slope finals were supposed to be held on Friday, January 10, but due to bad weather they have been postponed to Saturday for now.

Come January 19, at Mammoth Mountain, four men and four women will be named the first US Olympic slopestyle team. The same number of men and women will also claim spots on the US Olympic halfpipe team. That’s just a little more than two weeks before the 2014 Winter Olympics start in Sochi, Russia.

Right now, 17 men and 11 women are trying to make that slopestyle team, while 15 men and 12 women are looking for places on the halfpipe team. Very soon a lot of riders are going to be shelving their Olympic hopes for another four years at least.

Slopestyle finals for the second Grand Prix stop, and third Olympic team qualifying event, get underway this Friday at Breckenridge, making it a key contest for riders aiming to lock down a spot on the teams. Halfpipe finals go down Saturday, with just as much on the line for those riders. With the call for cold, snowy conditions over the next few days at Breck, we’ll be numbing our fingers shooting photos, video, and scribbling notes to bring you the action.

Originally this Grand Prix was supposed to be held at Northstar, California but due to a bad snow year the event was cancelled.

Starting with the newly added Dew Tour at Breckenridge in early December, there are now five Olympic team selection events including the Copper, Breckenridge, and Mammoth Grand Prixs. Mammoth has two back-to-back contests. Winning an event gets a rider 1,000 points towards making the US team, second place gets 800 points, third 600 points, and so on.

See who qualified for the halfpipe finals today here.

For those trying to make the team, here’s where everyone’s at so far.

US Olympic Team Men’s Slopestyle Standings

1. Chas Guldemond: 1,800

2. Shaun White: 1,320

3. Sage Kotsenburg: 1,250

4. Brandon Davis: 1,100

5. Spencer Link: 790

6. Ryan Stassel: 780

7. Eric Beauchemin: 640

8. Brett Moody: 620

9. Nik Baden: 620

10. Jeremy Thompson: 600

11. Kyle Mack: 600

12. Eric Willett: 450

13. Ian Thorley: 450

14. Justin Morgan: 370

15. Seth Hill: 340

16. Sam Hulbert: 200

17. Mark Hoyt: 200

US Olympic Team Women’s Slopestyle Standings

1. Jamie Anderson: 1,800

2. Ty Walker: 1,500

3. Jessika Jenson: 1,400

4. Jordie Karlinski: 1,000

5. Phoebe Novello: 810

6. Karly Shorr: 790

7. Serena Shaw: 770

8. Danika Duffy: 660

9. Erika Vikander: 600

10. Celia Miller: 560

11. Hana Braman: 550

US Olympic Team Men’s Halfpipe Standings

1. Greg Bretz: 1,800

2. Taylor Gold: 1,600

3. Ben Ferguson: 1,000

4. Louie Vito: 900

5. Benji Farrow: 860

6. Danny Davis: 810

7. Shaun White: 800

8. Scotty Lago: 770

9. Zack Black: 550

10. Chase Josey: 520

11. Matt Ladley: 510

12. Spencer Shaw: 440

13. Brett Esser: 420

14: Joe Mensch: 360

15: Ryan Wachendorfer: 220

US Olympic Team Women’s Halfpipe Standings

1. Kelly Clark: 2,000

2. Arielle Gold: 1,400

3. Gretchen Bleiler: 1,000

4. Kaitlyn Farrington: 950

5. Elena Hight: 850

6. Ellery Hollingsworth: 760

7. Madeline Schaffrick: 640

8. Hannah Teter: 620

9. Kelly Berger: 530

10. Summer Fenton: 440

11. Kirby Kelly: 440

12. Serena Shaw: 290

 

See what happened at the Copper Grand Prix here

Breckenridge Grand Prix 2014 HP Qualifier

The 2014 Breckenridge Grand Prix. PHOTO: Jeff Brockmeyer