2014 Olympic Game hopefuls
In 2014, The US Olympic team will represent the nation’s best boarders in Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Games. The teams will be named in January after a long selection process. The men’s and women’s teams will compete in halfpipe, slopestyle, snowboard cross, parallel giant slalom and parallel slalom. All athletes must meet the International Ski Federation standards and the International Olympic Committee standards.
Keep your eyes on these guys (and girls):
- Chas Guldemond. Guldemond has been riding for 16 years and has U.S. Open, Global Open Tour, and X-Games placements under his belt and is ready to keep moving up. At the beginning of the year, he took second at the Breckenridge Dew Tour and first at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain in January. Sponsors include Neff Headwear and of course Eternal.
- Shaun White. Surprise, surprise. This guy is an Olympic team staple with two gold medals already under his belt.
- Kelly Clark. Clark is a veteran rider who knows her way around the halfpipe. She brought home a gold from the 2002 Olympics and a bronze from the 2010 games.
- JJ Thomas. He took the podium for a bronze medal at the 2002 Olympic Games then took some time off riding to get behind the camera. But he’s back now and ready to make up for lost time.
- Benji Farrow. Farrow made a name for himself after having an impressive first year on the U.S. Snowboarding Pro Team. He has placed at the Burton U.S. Open and the European X-Games.
- Arielle Gold. Gold is only a sophomore in high school and she is already placing in nearly every competition she enters. She is a part of the U.S. Snowboarding Pro Team.
Preparing for the Olympic Games is no easy task. The qualifying process consists of five grand prix events and the results will determine who makes up the U.S. team. The qualifying process is tough for these riders since there is such a great field of talent. Riders won’t find out if they are going to Sochi until two weeks ahead of the Winter Games, making for a tense time before the Olympics.