A couple of Anchorage snowboarders learned Tuesday that they are made a beeline for the Winter Olympics. Ryan Stassel, who contends in slopestyle and huge air, and Rosie Mancari, who contends in snowboardcross, were named to Team USA by U.S. Ski and Snowboard.
Both were optional picks who earned spots on the group in view of past outcomes and their capability to perform well in PyeongChang, South Korea. With their choices, Alaska now has seven competitors on the U.S. Olympic group.
Driving the gathering is Kikkan Randall, a five-time Olympic skier from Anchorage. She’ll be joined on the crosscountry group by three of her colleagues from Alaska Pacific University’s nordic ski program — Sadie Bjornsen, Rosie Brennan and Erik Bjornsen.
Girdwood figure skater Keegan Messing will be the principal Alaskan to contend in his game at the Olympics, despite the fact that he’ll do as such as a colleague. Messing is a double U.S./Canada subject.
Colorado teenager Red Gerard won the event with 87.28 points to become the second American to clinch a spot on the U.S. slopestyle team that will compete next month in South Korea.
Stassel placed second among Americans with 74.77 points. One spot behind him in eighth place was Chandler Hunt, a 19-year-old from Utah who is probably Stassel’s main competition for an Olympic berth.
Stassel and Hunt are tied for third place in the U.S. Olympic qualifying standings, behind Gerard and Chris Corning, another Colorado teen who has already secured a trip to PyeongChang.
A previous UAA hockey player will likewise contend in South Korean. Mats Robinson, a previous Seawolves skipper, is an individual from Canada’s Olympic hockey group.