Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 13, 2014
Date Finished: February 13, 2014
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].
|1||Joss Christensen||22||United States||USA||Gold|
|2||Gus Kenworthy||22||United States||USA||Silver|
|3||Nick Goepper||19||United States||USA||Bronze|
|5||James Woods||24||Great Britain||GBR|
|9||Bobby Brown||22||United States||USA|
|11||Jossi Wells||23||New Zealand||NZL|
|17||Per Kristian Hunder||24||Norway||NOR|
|21||Beau-James Wells||18||New Zealand||NZL|
|26||Marek Skála||24||Czech Republic||CZE|