The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association on Saturday nominated its 2014 Olympic men’s snowboardcross team, and for the first time since the event became part of the Winter Games in 2006 Maine’s Seth Wescott is not a member.
Nate Holland earned his third Olympic team berth in as many attempts based on his performances in World Cup races used as selection events for the team, while Trevor Jacob and Alex Deibold used the same pathway to their first selections.
Nate Baumgartner, a 2010 Olympian who was the only American to record three top-10 finishes on the World Cup circuit this season, was selected Friday as a discretionary pick over Wescott, the Carrabassett Valley product who had won the gold medal in the event in both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Games.
The 37-year-old Wescott was attempting to come back after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery last April, had finished 49th and 31st in his only two World Cup starts this season.
Wescott and Baumgartner both had hoped to use a strong performance at Friday’s Winter X Games Snowboarder X competition in Aspen, Colo., to convince Team USA coaches to make him the discretionary pick, but both competitors had collisions during their quarterfinal runs and finished fifth — failing to advance to the semifinals.
Holland won the gold medal with Alex Tuttle of Stratton winning the silver medal at the Winter X event, which was not part of the official U.S. Olympic selection process.
Baumgartner was told of his selection as a discretionary pick to the Sochi Games shortly after the Winter X competition.
“[Wescott] came up, gave me a big hug and said congrats,” Baumgartner told nbcsports.com. “He’s a role model for me. I think he should be for everyone.”
Wescott was bidding to become the first American to win the same event at three consecutive Winter Olympics.
He has indicated that he will continue to compete in snowboardcross with the goal of competing in the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.