Shaun White takes second straight U.S. Grand Prix, locks up spot on Olympic halfpipe team
Shaun White sails off of a feature on his second qualifying run during the qualifying round, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at the U.S. Grand Prix freestyle event at Breckenridge, Colo. (AP / Sebastian Fritz)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, January 19, 2014 4:54PM EST
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. - Shaun White is ready to three-peat.
The two-time Olympic halfpipe champion locked up a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in his signature event by winning the final qualifier on Sunday.
White posted a score of 96.6 to edge Danny Davis by 1.6 points. Ben Ferguson finished third. White, Taylor Gold and 2010 Olympian Greg Bretz earned automatic berths on the four-man team. The full U.S. squad will be named later Sunday evening.
White qualified for Sochi in slopestyle on Thursday. The event is making its Olympic debut.
Kaitlyn Farrington posted a 91.4 to win the women's competition, ending 2002 gold medallist Kelly Clark's four-event winning streak. Clark finished second and has already earned a spot on the U.S. women's halfpipe team. Two-time Olympic medallist Hannah Teter was third.