Bend snowboarder officially selected for Olympics

Kent Callister to compete for Australia in the halfpipe competition

Published Jan 24, 2014 at 12:01AM

WINTER OLYMPICS

Bend snowboarder confirmed for Sochi — Bend’s Kent Callister on Thursday was officially named to the 2014 Australian Olympic team. Callister will be one of three male athletes to compete in halfpipe snowboarding for Australia at next month’s Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The 18-year-old Callister, who emerged into the world-class field this season with a 12th-place finish at the prestigious Dew Tour, has dual citizenship because his father is Australian. Callister has lived in Bend since he was 9. Australian teammates selected to join Callister in the Olympic halfpipe competition on Feb. 11 are Nate Johnstone, 23, and Scotty James, 19. Olympic selection has been a long time coming for Johnstone, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury just weeks before the 2010 Vancouver Games. James will compete in both halfpipe and slopestyle. The Australian Olympic Snowboard Team is headlined by defending women’s Olympic halfpipe champion Torah Bright and two-time boardercross world champion Alex Pullin. The Aussies are sending a total of 56 athletes to Sochi, the most ever for Australia at the Winter Olympics.

WINTER SPORTS

Ferguson advances at X Games — Bend’s Ben Ferguson finished second on Thursday in men’s snowboard superpipe elimination at the Winter X Games. Ferguson, 19, advanced to Sunday night’s finals. Iouri Podladtchikov, of Switzerland, finished first with a best-run score of 88 in his second run. Ferguson led after the first round by posting an 80 in his first run, but netted just a 26.66 on his second run. Danny Davis finished third with a 77. The top eight placers on Thursday advanced to Sunday’s finals. Ferguson, who finished third in two Olympic qualifiers this season but just missed making the U.S. Olympic Team, will compete Sunday against two U.S. riders who did qualify for the Sochi Games: Davis and Greg Bretz, who was eighth on Thursday. Ferguson’s younger brother, Gabe Ferguson, 14, finished 12th on Thursday. Two-time Olympic champion Shaun White is qualified for Sochi but is not competing in the X Games.

— Bulletin staff reports

NFL

Harvin cleared for Super Bowl — Percy Harvin doesn’t want to think about all the setbacks in his first season in Seattle with the chance of winning a Super Bowl title on the horizon. Harvin said Thursday that while it’s been a frustrating season, he’s trying to get himself ready for next week’s game against Denver. Harvin returned to practice Wednesday after passing the league’s concussion protocol. He was injured late in the first half of Seattle’s divisional round win over New Orleans, then was stuck being a spectator last Sunday as the Seahawks beat San Francisco 23-17 to reach the second Super Bowl in franchise history.

Browns hire Mike Pettine as coach — The Browns have hired Buffalo defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as their coach, ending a twisting, nearly four-week search. Pettine finalized a contract Thursday with the Browns, who fired Rob Chudzinski on Dec. 29.

— The Associated Press