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Trying Out for Olympic Snowboarding

author image M.L. Rose
M.L. Rose has worked as a print and online journalist for more than 20 years. He has contributed to a variety of national and local publications, specializing in sports writing. Rose holds a B.A. in communications.
Trying Out for Olympic Snowboarding
Shaun White competes for the United States in the 2010 Olympics. Photo Credit: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Snowboarding became an Olympic sport in 1998. Competition for spots is fierce because no country’s snowboarding team can exceed 24 members, as of the 2014 Winter Games. You must be a citizen of the nation you wish to represent, and each country has some discretion when selecting its team’s members. The U.S. team is selected after a series of qualifying events.

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Step 1

Become a member of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association by accessing the USSA website.

Step 2

Obtain a license from the International Ski Federation by accessing the federation’s website.

Step 3

Finish among the top 30 places in your discipline at an FIS World Cup or World Championship event during the appropriate qualification period before the Olympic Games for which you’re trying out. The qualification period begins approximately 18 months before the Winter Olympic Games.

Step 4

Accumulate 50 or more FIS points during the qualification period if you’re a slopestyle competitor, or at least 100 points in the other snowboarding disciplines.

Step 5

Participate in the U.S. Grand Prix Olympic qualifying series during the year prior to the Olympic Games. Check the USSA website for the specific dates and locations of each event. You’ll earn points for your best two finishes during the series. The top performers in each series will earn Olympic team berths.

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