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Freestyle Skiing at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Men's Slopestyle

Freestyle Skiing at the 2014 Winter Games:

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 13, 2014
Date Finished: February 13, 2014

Gold: USA Joss Christensen
Silver: USA Gus Kenworthy
Bronze: USA Nick Goepper

Summary

Slopestyle was making its Olympic début although it had been contested at the 2011 and 2013 World Championships, and since the early 2000s at the Winter X-Games. Americans were expected to win at least one medal, as they had won 4 of the 6 World Championships medals, held 4 of the top 6 spots at the recent X-Games, and neither of their two World Champions could even make the US team. No one was a expecting a medal sweep, but USA skiiers did exactly that.

High temperatures created soft, slushy conditions. Joss Christensen won the gold medal with a near-perfect first run in the finals, followed by his teammates Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper. All three landed a triple corked spin. Christensen's gold was more impressive as he was the last skiier to make the US team for the event, being added only after winning a late qualifying event. His winning run saw him perform a switch slide to an inverted 450 off the final box feature, and a jump section that included a double corked 1260 with a double Japan grab, a switch right-side double corked 1080 with a tail grab, and a switch triple corked 1260 with a Japan grab.

Goepper had won the recent X-Games (and the 2013 event) and was the gold medal favorite, having also won a bronze medal at the 2013 Worlds. The medal sweep for the USA was only the third one ever at the Winter Olympics, after 1956 men's figure skating and 2002 men's snowboarding halfpipe.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Joss Christensen 22 United States USA Gold
2 Gus Kenworthy 22 United States USA Silver
3 Nick Goepper 19 United States USA Bronze
4 Andreas Håtveit 27 Norway NOR
5 James Woods 24 Great Britain GBR
6 Henrik Harlaut 22 Sweden SWE
7 Aleksander Aurdal 25 Norway NOR
8 Russ Henshaw 23 Australia AUS
9 Bobby Brown 22 United States USA
10 Øystein Bråten 18 Norway NOR
11 Jossi Wells 23 New Zealand NZL
12 Alex Beaulieu-Marchand 19 Canada CAN
13 Antti Ollila 19 Finland FIN
14 Luca Tribondeau 17 Austria AUT
15 Markus Eder 23 Italy ITA
16 Kai Mahler 18 Switzerland SUI
17 Per Kristian Hunder 24 Norway NOR
18 Oscar Wester 18 Sweden SWE
19 Jeremy Pancras 22 France FRA
20 Bene Mayr 24 Germany GER
21 Beau-James Wells 18 New Zealand NZL
22 Elias Ambühl 21 Switzerland SUI
23 Fabian Bösch 16 Switzerland SUI
24 Jesper Tjäder 19 Sweden SWE
25 Otso Räisänen 19 Finland FIN
26 Marek Skála 24 Czech Republic CZE
27 Antoine Adelisse 17 France FRA
28 Pavel Korpachov 28 Russia RUS
29 Lauri Kivari 17 Finland FIN
30 Jules Bonnaire 22 France FRA
31 Aleksi Patja 18 Finland FIN
32 Luca Schuler 16 Switzerland SUI