KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Keri Herman cut it close but was among three Americans to advance to the inaugural Olympics final in women's ski slopestyle Tuesday.
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Herman, of Breckenridge, Colo. and a native of Minneapolis, fell on her first qualifying run, then went conservative on her second run, scoring 72.40 at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. That was just enough to qualify 11th out of 12 for the finals scheduled for later today.
"It was warm, then this morning, we practiced in the dark and couldn't see anything, Herman, 31, said. "Since it was so warm, it turned to ice and super bumpy in between the jumps."
"I couldn't do the run I was trying to do. It happens. It's just part of the game. I switched it up a little bit, played it a little safe, which I don't usually like to do."
U.S. freestyle skiers Devin Logan and Julia Krass also made the top 12, but seven-time X Games winner and reigning world champion Kaya Turski of Canada crashed twice and did not advance.