Joss Christensen left off Olympic team; full U.S. freestyle skiing roster
Joss Christensen, who led a U.S. ski slopestyle podium sweep in Sochi, was left off the 29-athlete team for PyeongChang on Monday.
Christensen attempted to come back from a May ACL tear (with meniscus damage) but was unable to finish on the podium in any of the Olympic qualifiers.
Here’s the full roster:
Ashley Caldwell -- 2010, 2014 Olympian
Mac Bohonnon -- 2014 Olympian
Maddie Bowman -- 2014
Annalisa Drew -- 2014
Devin Logan -- 2014
Brita Sigourney -- 2014
Aaron Blunck -- 2014
David Wise -- 2014
Torin Yater-Wallace -- 2014
Brad Wilson -- 2014
Devin Logan -- 2014 (in slopestyle)
Maggie Voisin -- 2014 (did not compete in Sochi)
Nick Goepper -- 2014
Gus Kenworthy -- 2014
In slopestyle, Christensen’s Sochi podium mates Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper earned automatic Olympic spots earlier this month.
World champion McRae Williams and Alex Hall got the nods for two spots picked by a committee on Monday. They ranked Nos. 3 and 4 behind Kenworthy and Goepper in Olympic qualifying standings, while Christensen was eighth.
Sochi women’s slopestyle silver medalist Devin Logan became the first American to make an Olympic team in two different freestyle skiing events -- slopestyle and halfpipe.
In aerials, 2017 World champions Ashley Caldwell and Jonathon Lillis were added to the team Monday. So were Mac Bohonnon, Eric Loughran and Madison Olsen.
Kiley McKinnon was the only aerialist to automatically qualify earlier this month.
Caldwell is going to her third Olympics. She finished 10th in 2010 and 2014, competing in the former as the youngest U.S. athlete across all sports as a 16-year-old.
Last season, Caldwell added her first world title to a resume that already included six World Cup victories and the 2016 World Cup season title. She finished third, seventh, ninth, 13th and 31st in five World Cups so far this season.
Lillis, 23, is going to his first Olympics. He won last season’s world title in a huge surprise, having never won a World Cup event (and only finishing on the podium once before). He has a best finish of sixth in six World Cup events this season.
McKinnon and Bohonnon swept the World Cup season titles in 2015. They also went to elementary school together in Connecticut.
Six of the eight halfpipe skiers qualified earlier this season. The additions Monday were Annalisa Drew and Aaron Blunck, who were the top performers from Olympic qualifiers who didn’t clinch automatic spots.
The halfpipe team is the exact same as in Sochi except for Alex Ferreira replacing Lyman Currier.
Maddie Bowman and David Wise are the defending Olympic gold medalists from the event that debuted in Sochi.
Of the eight moguls skiers, only Brad Wilson has Olympic experience, finishing 20th in Sochi.
The top medal hope is Jaelin Kauf, a 21-year-old daughter of two moguls skiers. Kauf qualified automatically for the Olympic team earlier this month and leads the World Cups standings.
Andringa is a great story. The 22-year-old lived in a tent with his brother in Steamboat Springs, Colo., this summer to supplement training costs. He raced World Cup for the first time on Jan. 6 and placed seventh and fifth in his first two starts to earn a spot on the team.
The top U.S. moguls skier the last two Olympics -- Hannah Kearney -- retired in 2015.
The U.S. is not sending a ski cross racer to the Olympics for the first time. The event debuted in 2010, and the U.S. has never earned a medal.
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