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Torin Yater-Wallace given Sochi spot

1/21/2014

PARK CITY, Utah -- Five weeks after breaking his ribs during training for an Olympic qualifier, halfpipe skier Torin Yater-Wallace got a spot on the U.S. team.

Yater-Wallace was given one of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's discretionary picks Tuesday despite not competing in any of the qualifying contests.

He has won two silvers and a bronze at the Winter X Games.

Also added were Annalisa Drew (halfpipe), Joss Christensen (men's slopestyle), Julia Krass and 15-year-old Maggie Voisin (women's slopestyle). John Teller earned a skicross spot by winning a World Cup spot last week.

Simon Dumont, one of the most decorated veterans on the halfpipe, was left off the team. He hurt his knee during practice for a qualifying event last Friday.

Left off the aerials team was two-time national champion Dylan Ferguson, who was the top American in the World Cup points standings. Mac Bohonnon is going, in part because of his second-place finish in a World Cup event, which was higher than any of Ferguson's finishes. Ferguson qualified for the 2010 Olympics but didn't compete because he got appendicitis.

"Pretty surreal day," Ferguson posted on his Facebook account. "I don't know what the future holds for me and my skiing career, but I appreciate all of the support."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.