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France’s Rolland wins ski halfpipe; U.S. Olympic standings

Kevin Rolland

competes in the freeskiing halfpipe final on day 5 of the U.S. Snowboarding and Freeskiing Grand Prix Breckenridge on January 12, 2014 in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Streeter Lecka

Frenchman Kevin Rolland closed a busy day of freestyle skiing at Park City, Utah, with a halfpipe victory, helping keep any more U.S. athletes from qualifying for the Olympics.

Rolland, a two-time Winter X Games champion, won with 94.4 points in his second run. Americans Alex Ferreira and Lyman Currier were second and third in the fourth of five Olympic selection events.

Ferreira entered the Olympic selection standings, joining Currier, Aaron Blunck and Gus Kenworthy in a competition for two automatic Olympic berths alongside the already qualified David Wise.

Those two berths will be decided at the fifth and final Olympic selection event Saturday, also in Park City.

Ferriera and Kenworthy need top-three results to have a shot at the automatic berths. Blunck and Currier would earn them if neither Ferreira nor Kenworthy make the podium.

Two-time Winter X Games champion Simon Dumont and reigning X Games and world silver medalist Torin Yater-Wallace did not compete Friday and must hope to be put on the U.S. Olympic Team as possible discretionary selections.

Dumont cited ankle soreness on Twitter on Thursday. Yater-Wallace is still recovering from breaking two ribs in a practice crash in Breckenridge, Colo., on Dec. 14, a few weeks after suffering a collapsed lung.

The U.S. Olympic Team in ski halfpipe could include as many as four men.

Men’s Ski Halfpipe – Three automatic Olympic spots
1. David Wise — 200 (clinched Olympic berth)
2. Aaron Blunck — 180 (has two top-three results)
3. Alex Ferreira -- 160
4. Lyman Currier -- 140 (has two top-three results)
3. Gus Kenworthy — 120

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