Ski halfpipe, slopestyle teams include youngest U.S. Winter Olympian since 1972
The youngest U.S. Olympians in recent history include gold medalists Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and Tara Lipinski, who were all 15 years old for their Olympic debuts.
Maggie Voisin will beat them by a matter of days in Sochi.
Voisin, who turned 15 on Dec. 14, was one of six additional freestyle skiing athletes nominated to the U.S. Olympic Team on Tuesday. The three slopestyle skiers, two halfpipe skiers and one ski cross racer join the athletes who already clinched berths via objective criteria.
Here’s the full list of U.S. Olympians in ski halfpipe, ski slopestyle and ski cross:
Torin Yater-Wallace -- new nomination
Annalisa Drew -- new nomination
Yater-Wallace was named after not competing in any of the five Olympic selection events. He broke two ribs in a practice crash in Breckenridge, Colo., on Dec. 14, a few weeks after suffering a collapsed lung.
Yater-Wallace likely earned his spot as the reigning world and Winter X Games silver medalist. If healthy, he’ll be a gold-medal contender with Wise, who is the reigning world and Winter X Games gold medalist.
Joss Christensen -- new nomination
Julia Krass -- new nomination
Maggie Voisin -- new nomination
Christensen was named after winning the final Olympic selection event. He was chosen to the team over the last two world champions, Tom Wallisch and Alex Schlopy.
Voisin is the youngest U.S. Winter Olympian since 1972, when two 14-year-old speed skaters competed -- Kay Lunda and Connie Carpenter-Phinney. She’s the youngest U.S. Winter or Summer Olympian since 1996, overtaking Phelps, who was 15 years and two months old in 2000.
John Teller -- new nomination
Teller, 30, will hope to win the first U.S. medal in ski cross, which joined the Olympic program in 2010. He is the reigning world bronze medalist and just missed the 2010 Olympic Team, which included fellow converted Alpine skiers Daron Rahlves and Casey Puckett, who were eliminated before the quarterfinals.
Teller has also been an auto mechanic and high school football coach. The U.S. did not send any women to the 2010 Olympics in ski cross and did not qualify any for Sochi, either.