Anchorage snowboarders Ryan Stassel and Rosie Mancari qualify for 2018 Olympics

Courtesy: Steve Mancari

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - The U.S. Ski and Snowboard team posted the official U.S. Snowboard Olympic Team on Tuesday, and Anchorage’s Rosie Mancari and Ryan Stassel both made the cut.

The announcement comes as a relief for both competitors, since they were both chosen "at large," instead of qualifying through points.

This will be Stassel's second straight Olympics competing in slopestyle snowboarding.

The 25-year-old says qualifying this time around was stressful, but he's excited to compete next month.

"At this point it's go for broke. I'm full throttle," said Stassel over phone Tuesday. "I got nothing to lose, and everything to win."

Stassel will continue to train in Colorado until he leaves for Pyeongchang, studying the outlines of the Olympic course.

Similarly, Mancari will finish her last Snowcross event in Bulgaria this weekend before training in Park City, Utah.

This will be Mancari's first Olympics. She found out she made the U.S. team just a day after her 24th birthday.

"My phone has completely blown up," said Mancari, describing the reaction of friends and family. "That made it little bit more real."

Luckily, for the first-time Olympian she has experience competing in a test event in South Korea two years ago.

Mancari and Stassel join seven other athletes with ties to Alaska headed to Pyeongchang; four competing for the U.S., two for Canada and one for Slovenia.

Kikkan Randall will ski in her fifth and final Olympics for the U.S. Ski team, alongside APU skiers Sadie Bjornsen, Rosie Brennan, and Erik Bjornsen.

Girdwood’s Keegan Messing is a dual citizen, and will be figure skating for Team Canada. Skating for the Candian Olympic Hockey Team is former UAA defenseman Mat Robinson.

Vidmar Luka, another former Seawolf defenseman, will lace up his skates for Slovenia.



 
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