Shaun White speaks to media after his first place finish in the men's halfpipe final U.S. Olympic qualification. (Harry How / Getty Images)
Mammoth Lake, Calif.ó Shaun White skipped the Friday morning Olympic snowboarding qualifier to get some needed rest, a calculated risk considering the two-time Olympic gold medalist still wasnít assured of a spot in Sochi for his signature event.
Then White dominated the afternoon session, posting a score of 98.6 to move closer to one of the four spots on the U.S. Olympic halfpipe team.
He nailed a frontside double-cork 1440 in competition for the first time during his second run and posted a 97 during his first run, which included his usual double McTwist 1260.
Sootty Lago, who won bronze behind White in Vancouver in 2010, thrust himself back into the mix for Sochi by finishing second. Taylor Gold wrapped up his seat in Sochi by finishing third.
Kelly Clark, who took gold in 2002, remained perfect by sweeping both womenís events. She is guaranteed a spot.
Devin Logan is headed to Sochi with a victory in the slopestyle final at the U.S. Grand Prix. The 2011 U.S. halfpipe champion clinched one of three automatic berths after scoring 87.40 points on her first run.
American skier Alex Schlopy won the menís final in the afternoon, scoring 92.90 points to runner-up Bobby Brownís 91.80.
Britainís Lizzy Yarnold topped Noelle Pikus-Pace of the U.S. for the win in a womenís World Cup skeleton race in Igls, Austria.
... Julia Lipnitskaia, 15, won the gold medal in the womenís event at the European figure skating championships.
... Olympic speedskating champion Wang Meng, Chinaís most decorated Winter Olympian, broke her ankle in training and likely will miss the Games.