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U.S. Olympic snowboarding team to be decided after 'marathon' week
U.S. Olympic snowboarding team to be decided after 'marathon' week

MAMMOTH LAKES -- American snowboarders face a few busy -- and crucial -- days at Mammoth Mountain this week. As halfpipe rider Louie Vito said, "Get ready for a marathon." Starting Thursday, Olympic hopefuls in halfpipe and slopestyle will compete in three qualifying finals over four days at the Mammoth Lakes resort. The flurry of competition will determine who gets to represent the U.S. at the 2014 Sochi Games next month. American officials had planned to hold a series of five qualifiers at various locations but bad weather interrupted a recent competition in Breckenridge, Colo. Athletes lobbied to have their qualifying runs from that event...

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