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Eric Willett

Photograph By Words/Photos: Terry Ratzlaff

Local Colorado hero Eric Willett, who is always a contender for the X Games podium, was heavily favored to make the U.S. Olympic slopestyle team this year. Unfortunately a crash during practice at the Grand Prix in Copper ended with a compression fracture of his T-7 vertebra, which will keep him off snow for two months and end his Sochi bid. He was looking solid early in the Breckenridge park, as you can see here.