Keri Herman places 2nd, off to Sochi
PARK CITY, Utah -- Keri Herman completed her quest for the Sochi Olympics on Saturday by finishing second in the ski slopestyle qualifier at the U.S. Grand Prix.
Herman's best run scored a 91.80 and clinched the third and final guaranteed spot for the games with an additional woman's spot potentially still available. Julia Krass came in first on the day for the women with a high score of 92.60 and Dara Howell of Canada placed third.
"It was great coming out here and skiing with the best girls around the world. I ended up in second and I'm stoked, I made it on the Olympic team officially," Herman said.
Gus Kenworthy -- winner of the 2011 and 2012 AFP overall titles -- took second for the men's slopestyle at the U.S. Grand Prix with a score of 95.00, punching his ticket to Sochi for the third and final guaranteed men's spot.
"I honestly think that qualifying for the Olympics for the US is tougher than it's going to be to win a medal when you get to Russia. There's so many guys here, when you get there, the field's not going to be as deep," Kenworthy said.
Park City local, Joss Christensen placed first for the men on Saturday with a top score of 96.20, but he did not have enough podium finishes in qualifying events to make the U.S. team.