Alaskans Stassel and Mancari head for Winter Olympics
Two more Alaskans have punched tickets to this year's Winter Olympics.
Rosie Mancari and Ryan Stassel, both Anchorage residents, will join the United States' contingent in Pyeongchang, South Korea next month. Each were coach's selections which were made public Tuesday.
Both are on their way for snowboarding. This will be Mancari's first trip as an Olympian. At 24, she'll be part of the Snowboardcross contingent. She first raced on the World Cup circuit three years ago. Three times she's finished in the top 15 this year.
Stassel, in the meantime, makes a return trip. He took 14th place at the Winter Olympics in Sochi four years ago. He'll compete in the Big Air and Slopestyle category. The 2000 Service High School graduate is currently in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Although Stassel made it in as a coach's selection, he feels the slate is blank for everyone.
"We each got to write our stories and you know, I'm feeling pretty good about mine," Stassel said Tuesday. "All I can do is go there and try to write the best one I can."
Before Stassel leaves, he'll fine-tune his routine.
"I'll be preparing and practicing the tricks that I want to do in the Games so that when I get to South Korea I'm focused, I'm in the zone," Stassel said. "I know what I want to do and I know I can do it."
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