Yater-Wallace, Logan win 1st Olympic qualifier in ski halfpipe | PostIndependent.com

Yater-Wallace, Logan win 1st Olympic qualifier in ski halfpipe

WANAKA, New Zealand – Basalt’s Torin Yater-Wallace and Vermont’s Devin Logan gave the United States a sweep of the first Olympic qualifying event for halfpipe skiing, which makes its debut at the Sochi Games in 2014.

Yater-Wallace and Logan won Wednesday in New Zealand to kick off a 17-month period during which skiers have a chance to make their Olympic teams.

Logan’s victory in the women’s competition and Yater-Wallace’s first-place finish in the men’s gave the Americans wins in the last six World Cup events in ski halfpipe, dating to March 2011.

Officials have added several sports for the next Winter Games, including snowboarding slopestyle and halfpipe skiing.

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