As a 2010 Telluride High graduate and frequent ripper of his home mountain, Kenworthy has quickly become a master in the arts of halfpipe and slopestyle, taking the AFP overall title and bronze X Games Tignes medal. (Getty Images/AFP/Jean Pierre Clatot)
A record-matching 17 Team USA skiers and snowboarders left the Sochi Olympic Winter Games with medals, including a record eight gold and a sweep of the first-ever slopestyle skiing event by Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper.
Gus Kenworthy sat down with Sochi Studio to talk about the historic U.S. podium sweep in slopestyle skiing. (Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
It was a U.S. podium sweep at the historic debut of men’s slopestyle skiing in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games Thursday, when Joss Christensen took the first-ever gold medal with Gus Kenworthy earning silver and Nick Goepper bronze.
Olympian Nick Goepper, seen here last year a X Games Aspen, became the first man since 2004 to win back-to-back slopestyle skiing gold medals at X Games on Sunday, just two weeks from the sport's Olympic debut in Sochi, Russia.
Olympians David Wise and Maddie Bowman both grabbed X Games gold at the halfpipe skiing final in Aspen Friday night, just a few weeks before the historic halfpipe skiing debut at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Tonight, 11 athletes were nominated to the first-ever U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing)
Lyman Currier and Aaron Blunck join David Wise on the first-ever Olympic team for halfpipe skiing after taking first and second Saturday at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix.
Gus Kenworthy claimed a spot on the first-ever U.S. Olympic team for slopestyle skiing Saturday with his second-place finish at the final event of the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix Tour at Park City.
Alex Ferreira boosted into second place Friday at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, while Brita Sigourney became the second U.S. woman to secure an Olympic halfpipe team spot and Maddie Bowman took the victory for the women.
Alex Schlopy landed two incredible runs in front of his hometown crowd to take the victory Friday at the fourth slopestyle Olympic qualifier at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, while Bobby Brown finished second and secured his Olympic team spot.
David Wise clinched a nomination to the first-ever U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team Sunday with his victory in the snowy halfpipe final at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix presented by The North Face at Breckenridge.
A potent storm at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Breckenridge forced a jury decision to cancel Friday’s Visa U.S. Freeskiing slopestyle skiing finals, resulting in wins for Bobby Brown and Keri Herman based on qualifier results.
The nation’s leading freeskiing athletes continue the battle for Olympic team spots Jan. 8-12 when the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix presented by The North Face heads to Breckenridge for the third of five Olympic qualification events.
Nick Goepper became the first skier to secure a spot on the first-ever U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team Saturday with his second-place finish in the slopestyle final at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix presented by The North Face.
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Gus Kenworthy has emerged as a double threat, mastering both slopestyle and halfpipe disciplines while maintaining a rapid ascent through the freeskiing ranks. Both his recent success and his childhood spent skiing the legendary steeps and backcountry of Telluride have put Kenworthy on the path to becoming one of the top all-around skiers in the world.
Kenworthy first gained recognition for his park skiing with one of his ski movie edits he posted on the Internet. Shortly thereafter he began filming with well-known ski production companies and working his way into the freeskiing elite, a place he intends to stay.
Kenworthy then had a clean sweep of the Aspen/Snowmass Open slopestyle and halfpipe skiing events in both 2010 and 2012, which he followed up by winning the 2011 and 2012 AFP overall titles. In the 2012 season, he competed in more than 23 events and took dual wins in big air and slopestyle at the final event of the season, the AFP World Championships.
After putting his time in, 2013 proved to be a breakthrough season for Kenworthy. With over 20 competitions under his belt, he took second at the Olympic venue halfpipe World Cup in Sochi, Russia and won his first X Games medal in Tignes: a bronze in slopestyle. The momentum is pointing Kenworthy exactly where he would like it to…to Sochi, Russia.
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