The final roster for the U.S. Snowboard team representing the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea has been set. It came down to the last day of the final qualifier this past weekend in Mammoth Mountain to find the top four riders in both slopestyle and superpipe. Needless to say, it was by no means short on the excitement. Heading into the weekend, there were just over five remaining spots up for grabs across the men’s and women’s fields, with riders like Danny Davis, Elena Hight, Chandler Hunt, Brock Crouch, Ty Walker, Judd Henkes, Kyle Mack, Chase Josey, Maddie Mastro all still in the hunt for their 2018 Olympic debut. With inclement weather and high winds canceling two days of competition, it all came down to Saturday, running competitions with 2018 Winter Olympic implications from morning until night.
With slopestyle finals starting at 9:00am under partly cloudy skies, the women kicked off the long day of competition and Jamie Anderson never looked back. Posting and 84.50 on her first run, Jamie led the pack for the entire finals. Julia Marino, Hailey Langland, Ty Walker, Jessika Jenson, and the rest of the women traded runs, ultimately resulting in a one, two, three finish by Anderson, Marino and Langland.
On the men’s side, there was a bit more of a dramatic finish. On his third and final run Kyle Mack capped off his line with a Bloody Dracula 1080 to cement his first place position with a 87.55, punching his ticket to PyeongChang in front of the crowd at the base of the final jump. Friends and family mobbed Kyle as soon as they could, knowing that the 2018 Winter Olympic spot was in his grasp. With Red Gerard the closest on his heals 79.68, it was a dominant performance by Mack in weather that seemed to vary every single run. It was a USA sweep with Brock Crouch taking the third spot after a laying down a solid run on his first drop. Ryan Stassel, Chas Guldemond, Lyon Farrell, and the lone international competitor Takeru Otsuka did not podium, but still went huge to the enjoyment of the spectators.
As soon as slopestyle was finished the crowd migrated to the bottom of the pipe for the first look at it all weekend. On account of the weather hold on Thursday and Friday, those competing in the superpipe had to run their qualifiers and finals back-to-back on the same day. With qualifiers set to run in the afternoon, and finals underneath the lights, the crowd at Mammoth was treated to two completely different looks of competition, all within just a few hours.
To no surprise, the USA’s Kelly Clark, Chloe Kim, and Maddie Mastro ended up on the podium at the end of the night, all knowing they will see each other again soon in Winter Olympics. In the men’s final, Ben Ferguson, Gabe Ferguson, Greg Bretz, and more threw down under the lights with huge air-to-fakies, methods, doubles, and more. Danny Davis sadly exited the finals early after crashing down hard on the deck, but then Chase Josey punched his ticket to PyeongChang with a winning run that could easily podium come February. The final result in for men ended with Josey, Ben Ferguson, and Gret Bretz capturing the top three. All in all, Mammoth kept the courses up throughout the week to pull off an insane day of riding and celebration for Team USA.
And finally, to cap off the night, the United States Snowboard Team for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea was announced! Check out the full list here!