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Joss Christensen return to PCMR this week to defend “home”

Joss Christensen; Men's Ski Slopestyle Finals; X Games Aspen 2015; Photo: Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports

Joss Christensen; Men’s Ski Slopestyle Finals; X Games Aspen 2015; Photo: Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports

Joss Christensen; Men’s Ski Slopestyle Finals; X Games Aspen 2015; Photo: Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports

The 2015 Sprint U.S. Park City Grand Prix of snowboarding and freeskiing returns to Park City Mountain Resort this week Friday February 27 – Sunday March 1. With colder temperatures and fresh snow, the event will bring the best skiers and snowboarders to the slopestyle and halfpipe courses.

Park City Mountain Resort is known for its’ rich Olympic heritage and the historical legacies that have been created from training and competitions at the resort. Moments such as the Men’s Snowboard halfpipe sweep during the 2002 Winter Olympics, the training of Ted Ligety, to the golden foundations of Joss Christensen.

“I grew up on this mountain,” Christensen said. “My parents started me on a pair of skis when I was three years old. Park City Mountain Resort was my backyard, my playground.”

As Christensen grew up, he began to have a reputation as a small guy with big air of the jumps and the skills to slide the rails top to bottom. Christensen progressed into Dew Tour, X Games, World Cup and Gran Prix competition as a contender but never a podium threat.

“Last year was my first real competition of the year,” Christensen said. “I was really struggling with life in general and it was the Park City Grand Prix that changed my life. I went from the lowest of lows to the highest of highs after my win in the ski slopestyle competition last year. Winning this event was the catalyst to my career completely changing,”

Joss Christensen, Men's Ski Slopestyle, X Games Aspen 2015

 

Joss Christensen; Men’s Ski Slopestyle Finals; X Games Aspen 2015; Photo: Tyler Tate/T Squared Action Sports

The 2014 Park City Grand Prix featured a unique format to aid in scheduling where the same competition was run twice through the course of the weekend.

“After taking fourth in competition #1 I felt like I had some great momentum,” Christensen said. “This resort is my home. I know how the snow changes, I know how the rails feel, I know intricate details about this venue and it adds a level of comfort to my riding. After my forth place finish last year, I could feel that I had what was needed to win the second event of the weekend. It was an indescribable feeling to win at home, the place your grow up pretending you’re competing at the highest level. This resort is where I discovered how much I had within me and how far I could push myself”

With the win, Christensen was selected by the US Freeskiing coaches as the discretionary pick making him the forth and final member of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic slopestyle team where he won the gold medal leading fellow team riders Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper in a podium sweep and into Olympic legacy lore.

As the event returns to Park City Mountain Resort this week, Christensen is ready to defend his gold while tuning out the outside pressure to do so.

“I am ready and hungry to defend my home resort,” Christensen said. “The only pressure I feel is internal. I feel like I need to defend Park City Mountain Resort and to keep an ‘I Ride Park City’ rider firmly planted at the top of the podium.”

Christensen recently placed second in ski slopestyle at the 2015 Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado and competed this past weekend in the Air and Style event at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

“When I compete in contest after contest I stay focused and in my zone,” Christensen said. “I was worried about the Air and Style competition with the higher level of risk that comes with that event, the adrenaline rush I get will keep me on point for the grand prix.”

When asked what it means to return home to compete and the unique features expected at the 2015 U.S. Sprint Grand Prix Christensen gave a sly smile.

“Every park is different, but my comfort level with my home course allows me to be fully prepared,” Christensen said. “I ski the course all season long, I have ridden the rails over a thousand times, I have jumped the kickers, I know what to expect. The Park City Parks team is incredible. The make a course with the perfect pitch allowing you to maintain consistent speed so a rider can remain in control and smooth throughout the run.”

The 2015 Sprint U.S. Park City Grand Prix begins this week on the Eagle Superpipe and King’s Crown slopestyle course. Admission is free.

Event Schedule (subject to change):

Friday, February 27:

  • 9:30am-11:30 am Snowboarding Slopestyle Finals
  • 1:15pm-3:15 pm Freeskiing Slopestyle Finals

Saturday, February 28:

  • 12:00pm-1:30 pm Freeskiing Halfpipe Finals

Sunday, March 1:

  • 12:00pm-1:30 pm Snowboarding Halfpipe Final

For more information 435-649-8111 or http://www.irideparkcity.tv

 

 

 

 

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