Breckenridge, Colorado—After first-place finishes today in the first Chevrolet U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix, Hannah Teter and Shaun White are one step closer to Torino and the Winter Olympic Games. Breckenridge’s Grand Prix is the first of five qualifying events that will determine the U.S. Olympic Snowboard Team.

On the women’s side, Gretchen Bleiler and Elena Hight joined Teter on the podium. For the men, White was accompanied by Olympic gold medalist Ross Powers and U.S. snowboarding rookie team member Scotty Lago.

The nation’s snowboarders will a take to Breckenridge’s pipe again Friday with men’s qualifiers for the second halfpipe contest of the week get underway. On Saturday, spectators will able to watch the women’s qualifiers, followed by both finals for men and women beginning at 12 p.m.

The snowboard action heads to downtown Breckenridge Saturday evening with a quarterpipe exhibition under the lights and live music by Digital Underground. For more details on this event and entire Chevrolet U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix, go to www.breckenridge.com.

Click below for a slide show by TransWorld’s Ian Ruhter, and stay online as the TransWorld edit crew rolls into Breck tomorrow night.