Missoula's Stevens selected for Winter Olympics team
The dream came true for Darian Stevens on Monday, as the Missoula native was officially named to the United States 2018 Winter Olympics team as a slopestyle skier.
Stevens' finals score of 73.80 was good enough for a sixth place finish in Sunday's final qualifying event, the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain in California.
That performance also allowed Stevens to hold on for a fourth place finish in the final leaderboard of the Olympic Qualifying Standings, with the top four athletes making the cut for the Olympic team.
Whitefish's Maggie Voisin (180 points) was the top United States qualifier this year despite sitting out this weekend's final event. She earned her spot on the Olympic team by earning the required two podium finishes in qualifying events. Voisin won the first qualifier back in February 2017, followed by two straight second place finishes in Aspen, Colorado January 13th and 14th.
Voisin was followed by Caroline Claire (92 points), Devin Logan (90 points) and Darian Stevens (85 points). Just missing the cut this year in the event for the United States was Taylor Lundquist (81 points) and Julia Krass (72 points).
It's a relief for Stevens, as the now 21-year-old athlete came up just short of her Olympic goal four years ago.
This winter the event of slopestyle skiing will be making just it's second appearance at the Winter Olympics.