On the girl’s side Keene singled out Lizzie Beerman for special praise after she finished sixth at the Burton New Zealand Open earlier in the year. He added: “The biggest story from Lizzie after the Open was she landed about six or seven frontside 900s at about six to seven feet out of the pipe all day. “That is unprecedented for her and almost unprecedented for any woman."
With rookies are throwing down double-cork tens, it looks likely that the bar to make the US Olympic halfpipe team will be set super-high. Whether established pros like the Mason Aguirre, Kevin Pearce and Louie Vito will struggle to make the team against these young guns or not, it looks like the qualification campaign could be interesting.
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