Joss Christensen Visa US Freeski Grand Prix Park City, Utah January 17-18, 2014 Photo: Tyler Tate; T Squared Action Sports
January 18, 2014 Park City, Utah –
Saturday at the Visa Freesking Grand Prix at Park City Mountain Resort became the final day for all of the freeski athletes to show their respective countries that they deserve a spot in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
Park City native Joss Christensen continued the local dominance on the slopestyle course as he skied a near perfect run to claim the top spot.
“I cannot tell you what this moment means to me,” said Christensen. “To be at home, to see my family and friends with the cardboard cut out signs that said Go Joss, I am so excited to be here and win today.”
Gus Kenworthy and Bobby Brown came in second and third respectively. The podium finish for Brown secured his spot on the Men’s Team USA Freeski roster.
“To be able to represent Team USA in Sochi for the Olympics is a huge honor for me,” said Brown. “I cannot wait to go to Sochi and show the world what freeskiiing and our spot is all about. It is finally our time to show off to the world and we all plan on putting on a great show.”
Dara Howell (left) Julia Krass (middle) Keri Herman (right) Visa US Freeski Grand Prix Park City, Utah January 17-18, 2014 Photo: Tyler Tate; T Squared Action Sports
Julia Krass narrowly beat out teammate Keri Herman for the top spot on the ladies slopestyle podium.
“I love skiing,” said Krass. “It’s an expression of self and to be able to express myself and to be rewarded with a win is an incredible feeling.”
Herman, despite her second place finish accumulated enough points to be awarded a spot on the female USA Freeski Team.
“To be on the first ever freeski is an incredible honor for me,” said Herman. “We have come so far as ladies in the freeski community and now we are able to compete at the highest level in the Olympics there is no better feeling in the world. This is what we all dreamed about growing up and now it’s my reality and I cannot even begin to put into words how I feel to represent Team USA.”
Gus Kenworthy (left) Lyman Currier (middle) Aaron Blunck (right) Halfpipe Day 2 Visa US Freeski Grand Prix Park City, Utah January 17-18, 2014 Photo: Tyler Tate; T Squared Action Sports
Led by David Wise, two new faces will be joining him representing Team USA Men’s Halfpipe at the Olympics including Lyman Currier who took the gold home in men’s halfpipe.
“What a great competition tonight,” said Currier. “The other riders were laying it all on the line, and to come out on top with the win tonight is such an amazing feeling. It goes to show that whatever you put your mind too and work hard for, that it pays off.”
Joining Currier on the podium was Aaron Blunck and Gus Kenworthy placing second and third respectively.
Angeli VanLaanen took the top spot in Ladies Ski Halfpipe with Brita Sigourney and Devin Logan in second and third.