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Aspen’s Torin Yater-Wallace lands on first U.S. Olympic team for halfpipe skiing

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January 21, 2014, 5:59 pm

Aspen’s Torin Yater-Wallace, a three-time Winter X Games medalist in superpipe, was added on Tuesday to the U.S. freeskiing team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month.

Aspen's Torin Yater-Wallace

Aspen’s Torin Yater-Wallace.

Yater-Wallace, 18, was a late addition in the inaugural halfpipe skiing event after the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) learned its quotas for freestyle skiing.

With the confirmation of quotas, the USSA added two skiers in halfpipe and three in slopestyle to round out the full team. The formal naming of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team by the United States Olympic Committee is set for Jan. 27.

Yater-Wallace, who won the pre-Olympic event at Sochi last February, was injured in December and missed the qualifying events. He has returned to training and is anticipated to be a contender in Sochi.

Yater-Wallace in 2011 was the youngest X Games medalist ever, winning silver in superpipe. He followed that with a bronze in 2012 and another silver last year.

He jooins Aaron Blunck, of Crested Butte, Lyman Currier, of Boulder, and David Wise, of Reno, Nev., on the first ever Olympic halfpipe skiing team.

“Each of the freeskiing athletes added to our nominations brings the potential for success in Sochi,” said Jeremy Forster, USSA’s director of freeskiing and snowboarding.

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