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2010 Olympics Watch: Palmer makes case for Olympic spot; Holland earns bid

AP and Sun Staff report

STONEHAM, Quebec and#8212; Shaun Palmer, a 41-year-old snowboarding pioneer from South Lake Tahoe, finished third in a World Cup event Thursday, keeping him in Olympic contention.

U.S. teammate Graham Watanabe secured his spot on the U.S. Olympic snowboardcross team with a second-place finish, joining Nate Holland of Squaw Valley in earning an automatic spot on the team.

Defending Olympic champion Seth Wescott should earn a spot when the full team is announced Monday.

Watanabe finished behind Pierre Vaultier of France on Thursday in the final qualifying event of the season. This will be his second Olympics. He made the 2006 Games after heading to Torino as a wax technician, then grabbing a spot when Palmer injured his Achilles tendon.