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Mammoth Mountain slopestyle designer
“It’s a lot like sculpture. Either you have the eye or you don’t,” says TJ Dawoud, the man responsible for designing the halfpipe and slopestyle courses at Mammoth Mountain ski resort. (Peter Morning / MMSA)
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Ryan Stassel takes a leap during the snowboarding slopestyle final U.S. Olympic Qualification #4 at Mammoth Mountain ski resort on Jan. 16. (Harry How / Getty Images)
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Shaun White celebrates his ride during the Men’s Halfpipe Final U.S. Olympic Qualification #5 at Mammoth Mountain. He qualified for a spot on the U.S.’ inaugural slopestyle team. (Harry How / Getty Images)
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Arielle Gold competes during the Women’s Halfpipe Final U.S. Olympic Qualification #5, logging an Olympics-qualifying performance on the halfpipe that Mammoth Mountain terrain designer TJ Dawoud has been fretting over. (Harry How / Getty Images)
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Hannah Teter logs a third-place finish during the Women’s Halfpipe Final U.S. Olympic Qualification #5 at Mammoth Mountain. Teter would go on to make the U.S. team for Sochi 2014.  (Harry How / Getty Images)
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Louie Vito competes during the Men’s Halfpipe Final U.S. Olympic Qualification #3 at Mammoth Mountain. “That’s a lot of long hours those guys are putting in,” Vito says about Mammoth’s terrain crew. “We thought it was going to be a slush-fest but they’re putting together a sick pipe.” (Harry How / Getty Images)
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Olympic silver medalist Gretchen Bleiler competes during the Women’s Halfpipe Final U.S. Olympic Qualification #3. She gave Mammoth Mountain’s slopestyle designer TJ Dawoud a thumbs-up, saying he “pulled it off big time.”  (Harry How / Getty Images)
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Spencer Link attempts a rail slide during the Men’s Snowboarding Slopestyle Final U.S. Olympic Qualification #4 at Mammoth Mountain. (Harry How / Getty Images)
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Brandon Davis competes during the Men’s Slopestyle Final U.S. Olympic Qualification #5 at Mammoth Mountain.  (Harry How / Getty Images)
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Two-time Olympic medalist Kelly Clark catches big air at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix on Jan. 19 in Mammoth. (Gabe L’Heureux / Getty Images)
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Sage Kotsenburg competes to a first-place finish during the Men’s Slopestyle Final U.S. Olympic Qualification #5 at Mammoth Mountain.  (Harry How / Getty Images)
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