MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN -- The U.S. Olympic snowboard team has a High Sierra attitude.

Six of the 10 athletes nominated to the team Sunday are based in Lake Tahoe and Mammoth, including Northstar's Shaun White.

The legendary snowboarder/skater performed at his best when it mattered in the final Olympic halfpipe selection event at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth.

White had a smooth yet explosive first run to seal his second victory in a row here and earn a trip to the Sochi Games, where he will try to win his signature event three consecutive times.

White edged Truckee's Danny Davis, who qualified for Sochi after barely missing out in 2010.

"I don't know points, I don't know any of that stuff but I know I'm riding well again," he said after scoring a victory and second place in three selection events at Mammoth.

Davis did it on his final run after falling on the first go around. Rallying like he did doesn't surprise his mom, Laura Davis.

"That's the way he rolls," she said.

Kaitlyn Farrington, who grew up on a cattle ranch in Idaho, all performed when need by posting a 91.4 to win the women's competition, ending Kelly Clark's four-event winning streak. Clark, of Mammoth Lakes, finished second, but had previously earned a spot on her fourth Olympic team.

Another late comer was South Lake Tahoe's Hannah Teter, who earned her third consecutive bronze to make her third Olympic team.


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But two other two-time Olympians failed to advance in what is called the world's toughest halfpipe competition.

Gretchen Bleiler of Aspen, Colo., finished fifth in the overall standings and tried to wear a brave face.

"It's so tough," the 2006 Olympic silver medalist said. "I was so close."

Two-time Olympian Elena Hight of South Lake Tahoe finished sixth overall.

White, who also qualified in the new slopestyle event with Sage Kotsenburg and Chas Guldemond of Truckee, wants to win both events.

He wasn't trying to put an exclamation point on the week by his virtuoso performance in the glistening halfpipe.

"I have this overall goal in mind," he said.

White needed to perform well because he can't duplicate the pressure of competing in practice runs, he said.

The American team also features rising brother-and-sister stars Taylor and Arielle Gold, who will join figure skater Gracie Gold in Sochi. They are not related as best as father Ken Gold knows.

"But we hope to meet her in Sochi," the dad added.

With so many berths on the line Sunday, the riders woke up to a pressure-packed day.

Davis, whose dad grew up in Campbell, put on a "good country tune" to relax.

Teter, the 2006 Olympic champion, also relied on her tunes.

"I felt pressure, but I listen to music so I don't listen to my own pressure-filled head," she said.

Teter, who grew up in Vermont but has lived in Tahoe for nine years, credited the sunny weather of the Sierra for her success at Mammoth. She said the early events in Colorado were too cold to compete well.

"I definitely felt the heat," Teter added. "But sometimes that makes me get in the zone when I've got to do it -- all or nothing. It pushed me to be in the spotlight and I like the spotlight."

Now that spotlight will get a little bit brighter next month in Sochi.

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