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Olympic slopestyle qualifying opens Friday

The 2014 Olympic Winter Games qualifying period opens Sept. 7 for slopestyle skiing with the first FIS World Cup slopestyle event of the season in Argentina. The sport will make its Olympic debut in Sochi, Russia in 2014.

Among the U.S. Freeskiing athletes slated to compete are X Games medalist Keri Herman (Breckenridge, Colo.) and Emilia Wint (Denver, Colo.), who recently won The North Face Freeski Open of New Zealand.

“I’m really looking forward to contributing to setting the Olympic qualifying pace at Ushuaia. I’ve never been to Argentina and this is a really exciting time for my sport, and me,” said Wint. “It’s going to be great to show off slopestyle at Sochi so that world can see what a fun and cool sport slopestyle and our community has always been.”

Also present will be newly added U.S. Freeskiing Rookie Team members Aaron Blunck (Crested Butte, Colo.), Annalisa Drew (Andover, Mass.) and Willie Borm (Chaska, Minn.).

The 17-month qualifying period provides individual athletes with opportunity to achieve required international ranking to be eligible for Olympic selection and helps the USA earn nation’s quota spots.

”The FIS World Cup in Ushuaia, Argentina is the first Olympic qualifier for slopestyle skiing leading up to Sochi 2014,” said U.S. Freeskiing slopestyle coach Skogen Sprang. “This is such an important milestone for the sport and its athletes. The next 17 months will surely provide a great show and an exciting race to the Olympic games.”

Photo: USSA/Sarah Brunson

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Geoff Mintz

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Geoff Mintz is a former alpine ski racer who cut his teeth at Ragged Mountain and Waterville Valley, N.H. After graduating from Holderness and UVM, he relocated to Colorado, where he worked as an instructor at Beaver Creek prior to pursuing a career in journalism. He currently lives in the woods above Vail with his wife, Colleen.

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