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All ages: Occy gets wildcard at age 44

All Ages: Occy gets Wildcard slot; Slater turns 39 today.

Updated: February 16, 2011, 11:32 AM ET
By Jon Coen

If you're any kind of fan of action sports, you know who snowboarder J.J. Thomas is. He took Winter X Games gold in 2002. Although he didn't qualify for the SuperPipe finals at last month's Winter X in Aspen, his 14th place wasn't the stat you'd notice. That would be his age. Dude is 29 -- a veritable relic in competitive snowboarding.

If your entire world revolves around your Fantasy Surf Team, don't worry, I'm coming back to you.

Thomas was on the 2002 Olympic Snowboard ...

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