The 2018 Winter Olympic qualifying season has begun, and 15-year-old Reira Iwabuchi had a huge showing in Copper for the US Grand Prix event held this past weekend. Besting the field of US and international heavyweights, Reira took first with a combined score of 169.25 after landing a cab 900 stale and backside 1080 mute in the best of three run format. Following up
on the podium was the United States’ Julia Marino and Norwegian standout Silje Norendal in second and third respectively. Notably just missing the podium was favorite Jamie Anderson, who still is gained points in the race for a U.S. Team spot set to be named at Mammoth Mountain on January 21, 2017.

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