U.S. adds Olympian who has lived in truck, 3 more snowboarders
Justin Reiter can go to the Olympics, but he’ll have to leave his Toyota Tundra back in the States.
Reiter, who gained fame last summer as the Alpine snowboarder living out of his truck, was named to his first Olympic Team on Tuesday.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association also finalized its first slopestyle snowboarding Olympic Team with three discretionary selections -- Ryan Stassel, Jessika Jenson and Karly Shorr.
Reiter, 32, is the reigning world silver medalist in the parallel slalom, a new event added for Sochi, that is similar to the existing parallel giant slalom. Alpine snowboarding was added to the Olympics in 1998.
Reiter’s world silver is better than any of his 76 World Cup finishes, where he owns one podium. The U.S., which excels in every other snowboarding discipline, has not won an Olympic gold medal in Alpine snowboarding.
“My mom isn’t known for being quiet,” Reiter said, according to Steamboat Today. “When I told her that I had made the U.S. Olympic Team, she screamed and then she told everybody in the post office that her son had been named to the Olympic Team.”
Slopestyle snowboarders Stassel, Jenson and Shorr are also first-time Olympians.
Stassel, who won an Olympic selection event last week, joins Shaun White, Chas Guldemond and Sage Kotsenburg in slopestyle. They’re all thought to be chasing Canadian favorite Mark McMorris.
Jenson and Shorr join Olympic gold medal favorite Jamie Anderson and Ty Walker, who is 16 and the youngest snowboarder on the Olympic Team.