The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has now confirmed the addition of new Olympic snowboarding qualification events to replace the canceled events from last weekend. (Photo: Peter Morning/Mammoth Mountain)
PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 14) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has now confirmed the addition of new Olympic snowboarding qualifiers to replace the canceled events from last weekend. The International Ski Federation Tuesday stated that an appeal to the cancelation decision had been denied, indicating that the FIS jury acted exactly per the rules. That decision paved the way for the addition of U.S. only replacement events Thursday and Friday as a part of the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain. The plan has approval from the U.S. Olympic Committee.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has confirmed a plan to run U.S. only Olympic qualifiers this week at Mammoth Mountain to replace the snowboarding halfpipe and slopestyle competitions canceled due to snow and low visibility at Breckenridge Saturday.
The canceled competitions were the third of five Olympic qualifiers.
The USSA is moving forward following a denial of an appeal on Saturday’s FIS jury decision to the International Ski Federation. FIS ruled that the jury accorded exactly accordingly to the published rules.
Various options were considered by the USSA and it was determined that the most fair way to conduct Olympic qualification in slopestyle and halfpipe was to replace the events and stay at five qualifiers.
The revised plan is to run a U.S. only replacement for the third qualifier at Mammoth Mountain this week, prior to the already scheduled fourth and fifth qualifiers.
The new third qualifiers would be open to any U.S. athletes who were eligible to compete at Breckenridge. The field for the fourth and fifth qualifiers would remain as planned with only the top athletes in the rankings after three events.
The replacement qualifier will be sanctioned only as a USSA competition, not FIS or TTR, and is not be open to foreign athletes or scored as a FIS or TTR competition.
PROPOSED REVISED SCHEDULE Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Mammoth Mountain (all times local, PST) Thursday, Jan. 16 9:30-11:00 a.m. - Slopestyle Final - U.S. Olympic qualification #3 1:30-3:00 p.m. - Slopestyle Final - U.S. Olympic qualification #4
Friday, Jan. 17 9:30-10:45 a.m. - Halfpipe Final - U.S. Olympic qualification #3 12:10-2:30 p.m. - Halfpipe Final - U.S. Olympic qualification #4
Saturday, Jan. 18 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Slopestyle Final - U.S. Olympic qualification #5
Sunday, Jan. 19 11:40 a.m.-2:00 p.m. - Halfpipe Final - U.S. Olympic qualification #5 Announcement of team nominations to follow
QUOTES Jeremy Forster, USSA Director of Freeskiing and Snowboarding Maintaining the integrity of the Olympic qualifying system is paramount to the U.S. Snowboarding. We looked at multiple options, including the possibility of just going with four events, but knew that the most consistent way to fairly select the best Olympic team was sticking with the plan and running replacement events.
Calum Clark, USSA Vice President, Events The appeals process is vital to fair conduct of competitions. In this case, as we had expected, FIS ruled that the jury did, indeed, act in complete accordance with the rules. We are fortunate to have such a strong, committed host resort as Mammoth Mountain that will be able to undertake the organization of extra events at short notice.
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