The much anticipated winter Olympics are here! Believe it or not, the Olympics began Wednesday night. Nearly two days before the Opening Ceremony, with a series of mountain qualification and training events.
Sadly late last night, Shaun White pulled out of the newest event, less than 24 hours before a qualification round at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Easily the most well known and admired athlete of the Games, White had amassed attention to the new slopestyle event. Despite his recent decision to skip out on the slopestyle event, he will still participate in the half-pipe competition where he has won two gold medals and aims to win a third.
White’s absence creates an opportunity for Truckee’s Chas Guldemond, a spot in the semifinals, which will be held Saturday morning.
South Lake Tahoe’s Jamie Anderson and Truckee’s Karly Shorr qualified for the women’s slopestyle finals. Anderson’s score of 93.50 was the second-best qualifying mark behind Austria’s Anna Gasser. Shorr (84.75) finished fourth in her heat and sixth overall.
As you can see – Tahoe is a breeding ground for Olympians.
If you’re a viewer in the U.S., the opening ceremony will begin tomorrow, eight and a half hours delayed, on NBC.