Baumgartner picked over Wescott for last Olympic team spot

Snowboarding announced SBX team for Sochi

26 January 2014 15:56
Nick Baumgartner (left) makes the last minute call for Sochi edging out reigning Champion Seth Wescott
Nick Baumgartner (left) makes the last minute call for Sochi edging out reigning Champion Seth Wescott -
Oliver Kraus

Rumour spread around after the X-Games finals last Friday: Nick Baumgartner will go back to the Olympics. However, it took one more day to become official when U.S. Snowboarding announced its snowboard cross team for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Sochi.

32-year-old Baumgartner received the fourth spot on the Olympic team as a discretionary pick, edging out two-time defending Olympic Gold medalist Seth Wescott.

The seven athletes nominated to the team include Olympic Silver medalist Lindsey Jacobellis and seven-time X Games Gold medalist Nate Holland.

The team also features four athletes (Holland, Baumgartner, Gulini and Jacobellis) with previous Olympic experience.

The nominated athletes were selected based on World Cup results.

Peter Foley, Snowboardcross Head Coach, said: “We have a strong team with a mix of seasoned veterans plus some new athletes who are riding very fast. Our selection process is tough – tougher than other nations. But it’s also proved to be very successful for us in the past.”

Nominated athletes are:

Men’s Snowboardcross

Nick Baumgartner, Iron River, MI (12/17/1981) *

Alex Deibold, Manchester Center, VT (5/8/1986)

Nate Holland, Squaw Valley, CA (11/8/1978) *

Trevor Jacob, Mammoth Lakes, CA (8/6/1993)

Women’s Snowboardcross

Faye Gulini, Salt Lake City, UT (3/24/1992) *

Jackie Hernandez, Londonderry, VT (12/2/1992)

Lindsey Jacobellis, Stratton Mountain, VT (8/19/1985) *

* Competed in past Olympic Winter Games