"You know there's a guy in that fifth spot that worked really hard and circumstances allow that he can't come and he can't compete. So I was a little bummed about that and that's all I can say," said Charles Guldemond, member of Team USA Snowboarding.
The remaining three riders on Team USA slid through to the semis, and the American women went one better, all four snowboarders advanced. Karly Shorr with a strong enough run to skip the semis and head straight to the finals.
"She always seems to pull it off when she needs to. Sometimes we call her the gameday girl and she was the gameday girl today for sure," said Mo Shorr, Karly Shorr's Mother.
Also new to these games, "team" figure skating.
Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir skated the pairs short program, but things were a bit rough and tumble for American Jeremy Abbott in the men's short program.
"Sometimes you have those days at home where you fall on everything and you're upside down and all over the place, and it's just a matter of continuing on and moving forward," said Team US Figure Skater, Jeremy Abbott.
The bumps were a bonus for the Americans under the lights. Vancouver gold medalist Hannah Kearney bounced to the top of the leader board after the first round of women's moguls qualifying.
"There's just something about getting the first run out of the way, always is nice. You see how you're skiing compared to other people for the first time, and what it's gonna take to do well," said USA Freestyle Skier, Hannah Kearney.
Team USA will be back on the slopes Saturday, which means some the athletes will face the tough decision of whether to walk in Friday's opening ceremony or rest-up for the next round of competition.
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