Joss Christensen (USA, 34) wins gold, Gus Kenworthy (USA, 8) wins silver, and Nicholas Goepper (USA, 1) wins bronze in the men’s ski slopestyle final during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Photo Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Just under a week after Sage Kotsenburg brought Team USA a gold medal in an ingural event, another Park City, Utah native has proven that he is as good as gold.
Joss Christensen became a part of Olympic history this morningt, earning gold the inaugural Men’s Ski Slopestyle event of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Team USA swept the podium, with Gus Kenworthy taking home the silver, and Nick Goepper the bronze. For a bit of perspective, this is only Team USA’s third podium sweep in Winter Games history, and the first since Team USA swept the Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe contest in 2002.
Christensen, who was a final addition to Team USA Freeski, scored a 95.8 on his first run of two, that captivated the crowd and captured the gold. Christensen dedicated the win to his father, who passed away last year.
“I’m definitely skiing for my father,” Christensen said. “I hope I made him proud. He and I would drive back and forth from Utah to Colorado all of the time so I could make all the events I was competing in. He supported my skiing so much. Today was an emotional day being able to celebrate with my mom who came over last minute to see me compete.”
“Our sport is officially on the map,” Goepper said. “We knew that Team USA was deep in talent and today we showed it. We are all so close so to share the entire podium with my teammates and most importantly friends, this is such a great way to begin the chapter of Skiing Slopestyle in the Olympics.”
Article Contribution: Constance Beverley