By Paul D. Bowker | Jan. 19, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Jonathan Cheever competes in men's snowboardcoss at the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup on Dec. 18, 2010 in Telluride, Colo.


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The chase after Olympic berths in snowboardcross comes to a conclusion Saturday.

The final Olympic selection competition in snowboardcross is a world cup event Saturday in Erzurum, Turkey.

A podium finish is needed to meet the criteria for an Olympic team nomination via objective criteria. If the quota spots are not filled that way, athletes will be named to Team USA via discretionary procedures.

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Lindsey Jacobellis, a three-time Olympian who won a silver medal in the Olympic Winter Games Torino 2006, has already secured her 2018 Olympic nomination, along with two-time Olympian Faye Gulini. Jacobellis is the world cup points leader on the women’s side.

Jonathan Cheever, who placed third in the season-opening world cup in September in Argentina, leads the Olympic selection rankings on the men’s side.

Among the other men trying to secure Olympic spots Saturday are Mick Dierdorff, who is ranked sixth in the world cup standings; Hagen Kearney, who is ninth; as well as two-time Olympian Nick Baumgartner; and Alex Deibold, the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist who recently had a fourth-place finish.

Individual qualifying is Friday, followed by the finals Saturday. A team event is Sunday.

The snowboarding nominations for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team will be announced next week.

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.