Greg Bretz landed a huge Dew Tour victory in late 2013, setting the stage for his second Olympic appearance at the 2014 Sochi Games. (Getty Images/Doug Pensinger)
Thursday marked the end of successful qualifiers for the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, with eight Americans grabbing spots for the Sprint snowboard halfpipe finals on Sunday.
American halfpipe riders dominated an international field during the halfpipe snowboarding qualifiers at the 2014-15 Sprint U.S. Grand Prix in Copper Mountain, CO.
Two-time Olympic champion Shaun White congratulates new Olympic champion, Iouri ‘I-Pod’ Podladtchikov of Switzerland, after White fell short of the podium, finishing fourth during the men’s halfpipe snowboarding final Tuesday.
U.S. Olympic team member Danny Davis earned a gold medal in his first-ever halfpipe snowboarding final at X Games Aspen Sunday, just two weeks before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Defending Olympic champion Shaun White will get a chance to win three-in-a-row at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games after he and Greg Bretz clinched spots on the Olympic halfpipe snowboarding team Sunday at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix series finale.
Scotty Lago, Shaun White and rookie Taylor Gold on the podium after the fourth halfpipe qualifier at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain, where Gold punched a ticket to Sochi with his third-place finish Friday.
The nation’s top snowboarding athletes continue the fight for Olympic team spots Jan. 6-11 when the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix sets up shop at Breckenridge for halfpipe and slopestyle events.
Rookie rider Taylor Gold led a U.S. sweep with Greg Bretz and Ben Ferguson in the halfpipe final at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper.
The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, America’s top tour for freeskiing and snowboarding, is coming to Breckenridge Ski Resort Jan. 8-12.
The race for spots on the 2014 Olympic snowboarding and freeskiing team will continue with broadcast coverage on NBC and NBCSN plus live streaming at each tour stop beginning with this weekend’s event at Copper Mountain.
Top snowboarding athletes from the USA continue their push for spots on the Olympic team at the second of five Olympic qualification events, the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Copper Mountain Dec. 21-22.
Ben Ferguson (pictured) qualified in third Thursday at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships. Olympic gold medalists Shaun White and Kelly Clark took the top spots in the halfpipe qualifiers, which opened the Olympic qualification series for USA.
U.S. Snowboarding’s top riders will be preparing for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Sochi with a pair of on-snow training sessions at High Cascade Snowboard Camp in Mt. Hood.
Shaun White clinched the sixpeat with a superpipe win to close the X Games in Aspen.
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A snowboarding prodigy in his own right, Greg Bretz was on a board at age five and began competing at 10. The young shredder shook up the scene in 2008 with podium finishes and wins on both the World Cup and Grand Prix circuits, earning him his spot with the U.S. Snowboarding squad.
The 2010 season saw the halfpipe rider notch a pair of top-10 finishes on the U.S. Grand Prix tour, which sealed him a spot on his first Olympic Team. The then 20-year-old landed a 12th in Vancouver.
Although Bretz battled nagging injuries in 2012, he still managed to podium at both the Copper and Mammoth U.S. Grand Prix events. Then in 2013 Bretz continued to knock on the podium door despite tough competition at the Grand Prix and X Games.
Bretz came out of the gate swinging in 2014, winning the first Olympic qualifier of the season at the Breckenridge Dew Tour stop, becoming the first halfpipe rider to best Shaun White in nearly four years. Bretz backed up that win with a second place finish at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, making an early claim on his ticket to Sochi. Bretz went on to win his first X Games medal in Aspen and then continued his strong riding at Rosa Khutor, where he posted another 12th-place finish at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
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