US slopestyle skiers sweep podium
KRASNAYA POLYANA - Freestyle Skiing's inaugural Olympic men's slopestyle event produced a clean sweep for the United States. Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper took gold, silver and bronze. It was the first time since men’s Snowboard in 2002 that the United States swept the podium.
"I can't really believe it right now, this is pretty crazy. It has been just an amazing day. I am shocked. I am stoked to be up here with my friends. America, we did it.", the gold medal winner said.
Christensen who was already first after the qualifier soared to gold, posting a score of 95.80 to beat his teammates who took 93.80 and 92.40 points respectively.
With huge airs, clean landings, and a switch triple-corked 1440 on the final jump, his first run was as close to perfect as one could imagine on the sun-softened course at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Kenworthy used his second run to also stomp a last-hit triple cork, jumping into the silver medal position and edging pre-event favourite Goepper into third.
"I am so stoked about an American 1-2-3, Nick is always the guy to kind of beat in a contest, he is so consistent and so incredible and Joss is really killing it right now. He is one of my best friends and I am stoked”, Kenworthy said right after the race.
Goepper made a mistake in the jump line of his second run and did not attempt a triple on his final hit. His first run score of 92.40 would be his best.
"It think today was the best display of skiing we have ever seen in our sport, so I am so happy.", the bronze medalist concluded.