U.S.Freestylers won historical gold and silver in slopestyle
Local teen Alex Schlopy from Park City won gold Thursday in the inaugural FIS World Freestyle Ski Championships slopestyle competition in Park City. Schlopy was joined on the podium by Sammy Carlson who earned silver and Russ Henshaw from Australia took the bronze medal.
Schlopy, fresh off a big air skiing win at Winter X Games and skiing in his hometown, used a 270 disaster on the down-flat-down rail, frontside 450 out of the flat rail to gap, blind 450 out of the up rail, switch on, 360 off of the butter pad, leftside 900, switch 1260, and double cork 1260 on his final run to propel him to his second gold in as many weeks.
"Coming right back to Park City after X Games I was so excited for that big event coming here and being able to do well in my hometown was the best thing I could ever ask for," Schlopy said.
"I'm really, really surprised,I didn't have too many expectations because I don't want to let myself down…I always hope for the best. Then if I do well, I feel really good, but if I don't do well, I'm not so disappointed." he added.
Right behind Shlopy, American Sammy Carlson took silver with a technical and styley run, followed closely by Australia’s Russ Henshaw. Henshaw was first in qualifying but was unable to best Schlopy and Carlson in the finals.
Inclusion of slopestyle in the World Championships is seen as foreshadowing for possible inclusion of the sport in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.