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Shaun White all however wraps up spot in his fifth Olympics

LAAX, Switzerland — Shaun White all however wrapped up a spot in his fifth Olympics on Thursday when he certified for the finals of a contest in Switzerland and his nearest American pursuer failed to maneuver on.

White completed fifth within the qualifying spherical, whereas Chase Blackwell did not make it to Saturday’s 12-man closing.

It means White, who got here into the occasion because the fourth-ranked American within the World Snowboard Factors Checklist, can’t fall additional down in that rating, whereas Blackwell, who was fifth, can’t transfer up. The U.S. has 4 spots on the lads’s halfpipe workforce and is predicted to make use of these rankings to fill out the final three spots.

Taylor Gold has already secured a spot with a podium end at a qualifying occasion in Colorado final month. Chase Josey and Lucas Foster are additionally in line to earn spots.

White can nonetheless use Saturday’s closing to construct confidence. It is a closing that can characteristic the highest three finishers from the final Olympics — White, Japan’s Ayumu Hirano and Australia’s Scotty James.

White is in pursuit of his fourth Olympic gold medal. Nonetheless, his lead-up to the Beijing Video games has been tough. He was identified with COVID-19, the lingering results of which compelled him to drag out of final week’s qualifier in Mammoth Mountain, California. Earlier, a damaged binding hampered his run on the Dew Tour in Colorado.

He made a last-minute choice to journey to this week’s World Cup occasion in Switzerland, which is the final contest earlier than coaches decide the U.S. workforce. The workforce is predicted to be chosen subsequent week and finalized no later than Jan. 21.

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