NEWS CENTER - Seth Wescott's bid for a potential Olympic gold three-peat took a major hit on Sunday as he failed to meet the Olympic standard before the 2014 Winter Games.
The Carrabassett Valley resident competed in his first Olympic qualifiers just this past weekend due to a torn ACL he suffered last April. He failed to qualify for the final of Saturday's World Cup snowboard cross event in Andorra and only managed a 31st place finish the following day at the same venue. There was one final race scheduled next weekend in Switzerland, but was postopned until after the Sochi Olympics due to a lack of snow.
Wescott needed at top-four finish at either event to earn an automatic qualification, but still can be selected to the Olympic team due to team rules which state an athlete "may be recommended by the Head Coach for selection to the team via discretion if they have indicated the potential for Olympic success and if there are available slots after the objective criteria has been applied."
Fellow Maine snowboardcross rider, Alex Tuttle of Stratton, finished 21st and 23rd on the weekend after 27th and 35th place results earlier in the qualifying campaign.