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Tyler Wallasch Enters Ski Cross Knockout Rounds as No. 24 Seed

The United States is looking for its first-ever medal in the event

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American Tyler Wallasch will enter the men's freestyle ski cross knockout rounds as the No. 24 seed.

Wallasch, the lone American in the event, finished his seeding run with a time of 1:13.55 on Thursday night.

The United States has not medaled in men's ski cross since it debuted in 2010.

Switzerland's Alex Fiva posted the best time at 1:11.94. Fiva was the 2021 ski cross world champion.

The Russian Olympic Committee's Igor Omelin secured the No. 2 seed with a time of 1:12.28. Japan's Ryo Sugai rounded out the top three by completing his run in 1:12.29.

Reigning Olympic gold medalist Brady Leman came in fourth with a time of 1:12.30. Meanwhile, the ROC's Sergey Ridzik, who won bronze in 2018, is the No. 29 seed after finishing in 1:13.95.

All 32 skiers from the seeding round advance to the 1/8 finals. The top two athletes in each heat of the 1/8 finals move on to the quarterfinals.

Wallasch will be up against No. 8 seed Simone Deromedis of Italy (1:12.48), No. 9 seed Bastien Midol of France (1:12.55) and No. 25 seed Adam Kappacher of Austria (1:13.58) in the 1/8 finals.

The men's ski cross continues with the 1/8 finals on Friday morning at 1 a.m. ET, immediately followed by the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.

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