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Snowboarders, aerialists try to earn spots on Olympic teams

— Hometown favorite Maddy Sch­affick turned in another strong finish Friday afternoon, placing seventh in a U.S. Snow­board­ing Grand Prix in Park City, Utah.

Kelly Clark won the event, which is being used as a qualifier for the U.S. Olympic Team. She topped second-place finisher Hannah Teter and third-place finisher Ellery Hollingsworth.

Shaun White topped the men's field. Second place went to Scott Lago and third to Gregory Bretz. Steamboat's Matt Ladley finished 15th in the event. The final Olympic qualifier is scheduled for today in Park City. The U.S. Snowboarding Team is scheduled to announce its final Olympic roster Monday.

Freestyle team struggles during Lake Placid event

The U.S. Freestyle Team struggled Friday at the Nature Valley Freestyle Cup Aerials competition in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The American team failed to make it to the podium in the event, and only Jeret Peterson, who already secured his spot on the team with a win at the 2010 U.S. Winter Olympic Team Trials in Steamboat Springs, broke into the top 10 for the men. Former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Jana Lindsey was eighth in the women's event.

Peterson led the American men with his 10th-place finish. He was followed by teammate Dylan Ferguson in 17th and Lowell Whiteman School graduate Ryan St. Onge in 23rd. Belarus skier Anton Kushnir won the event.

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Lindsey was the top Ameri­can. U.S. Freestyle Team members Lacy Schnoor, of Draper, Utah, who already has her Olym­pic spot thanks to a win at the Olympic trials in Steam­boat, was 10th, and Ashley Cald­well placed 13th in her hometown.