How to Make the U.S. Olympic Team

Utah Olympic ParkThe following is an excerpt from an article published at

The eyes of the world will be on Vancouver this February for the Olympic Winter Games. But ski and snowboarding athletes who hope to participate already began scrapping and fighting their way to Olympic Team spots beginning in September. The final Olympic ski and snowboarding teams will be named in January, as close as possible to the Olympics.

Olympic selection events kicked off with the Sept. 12 FIS Snowboard World Cup snowboardcross opener in Chapelco, Argentina where Seth Wescott (Sugarloaf, Maine) was second and Graham Watanabe (Sun Valley, Idaho) was third. Major U.S. selection events will include alpine World Cups in Aspen and Beaver Creek, Colo., freestyle World Cups at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah and Lake Placid, N.Y., snowboarding World Cup in Telluride, Colo., plus the U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix in Copper Mountain, Colo., Mammoth Mountain, Calif. and Park City. Freestyle and nordic combined will also pick a single team member with the winner of an Olympic Trials event in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Dec. 23-24.

In general, qualifying for Olympic ski and snowboarding teams is based on existing international competitions that take place throughout the entire season. According to USSA Vice President, Athletics Luke Bodensteiner, nominating the best athletes from a series of events provides the most accurate opportunity to select the athletes who are at the top of their sport and have the greatest chance of winning medals.

“Our goal as an organization is to win medals in Vancouver,” said Bodensteiner. “The selection criteria speaks to that. We have some great opportunities and we want to be sure that we have the best athletes on our Teams who have proven they can be contenders through their international performance against the best in the world.”

The competition for Olympic spots on some teams will be especially intense. For example, the USA has a half-dozen men’s snowboardcross athletes who have been on World Cup podiums but only four can be named to the Team. Similar situations exist in men’s and women’s moguls.

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