Local athletes compete for Olympic spots in Snowmass Grand Prix

Jan 9, 2018

Torin Yater-Wallace competes in the 2017 X Games in Aspen. This week, Yater-Wallace and several other local skiers contend for Olympic spots in the U.S. Grand Prix at Snowmass Ski Area.
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The U.S. Grand Prix competition kicks off today at Snowmass Ski Area. It’s a qualifier for the Olympics, and some local athletes are vying for spots.

Local skiers Torin Yater-Wallace and Alex Ferreira, and Aspen High School senior Cassidy Jarrell are competing in ski superpipe today. This is the third of five Olympic qualifiers. The top three athletes based on a points system will represent the U.S. in PyeongChang. Headed into the Grand Prix, Yater-Wallace is ranked first and Ferreira fourth.

Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club athlete Robert Pettit will compete in snowboard superpipe Thursday. Former AVSC riders Jake Pates and Chris Corning will be vying for Olympic spots. Pates is ranked second in snowboard superpipe, and Corning is ranked first in slopestyle.

Events run through Sunday.