Park City local Joss Christensen is part of a new wave of slopestyle skiers. With major podiums already under his belt, keep your eyes to the sky to watch for his results in slopestyle and halfpipe. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing)
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.
The United States Olympic Committee announced the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games finalists for Best of U.S., a new awards program that recognizes outstanding performances from the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as determined by fan vote.
Olympic Champion Joss Christensen sat down with Sochi Studio to talk about being the first-ever Olympic gold medalist in his sport. (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.
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A Park City local, Joss Christensen picked up slopestyle and halfpipe skiing by living within paper-airplane distance from the best park features in the world. With his well-rounded bag of tricks, clean style and infectiously positive attitude, it’s no surprise that Christensen achieved eight podiums last winter – notably the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, the Aspen/Snowmass Open and AFP World Championships. Christensen hits both pipe and big air events, but his slopestyle runs are money and feature killer double corks in both directions.
After battling and overcoming a knee injury in late 2012, Christensen was still able to make his rounds during the 2013 competition circuit. Taking third at The Dumont Cup (an AFP platinum-level event) in April, Christensen ended up placing fifth in the AFP Overall World Ranking.
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