Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana; Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 6, 2014
Date Finished: February 8, 2014
Slopestyle was a new event to the Olympic Program but it had been contested at the World Championships in 2011 and 2013 and was a regular event at the Winter X-Games. The event generated some controversy before it started when the athletes complained about the risks and dangers of the course, notably two-time halfpipe gold medalist [Shaun White]. He withdrew, citing his emphasis on the halfpipe, but also noting the danger of the course. This led to a war of tweets between White and Canadian favorite [Max Parrot], the 2014 X-Games champion in slopestyle. Some changes were made to the course, which satisfied the athletes and no major injuries occurred.
The event was the first to crown a champion at Sochi and was won by American [Sage Kotsenburg], in somewhat of an upset. Kotsenburg had won silver medals in the event at the X-Games in 2010 and 2012, but was not considered among the medal favorites. Kotsenburg did not make the finals from the qualifying round, and had to go thru the semi-finals to qualify. His gold medal, the first at Sochi, marked the first time an American had won the first Winter Olympic gold medal since Alpine skiier [Andrea Mead-Lawrence] in 1952.
The silver went to Norwegian [StÃ¥le Sandbech], who had won the bronze medal at the 2014 X-Games, only a few weeks before Sochi. Bronze medalist Canadian [Mark McMorris] had been among the medal favorites, having won silver medals in slopestyle at the 2014 X-Games and the 2013 World Championships, but his Olympic medal showed some toughness, as he broken two ribs at the X-Games only weeks before. Favored Max Parrot made the final but placed only fifth.
|1||Sage Kotsenburg||20||United States||USA||Gold|
|6||Jamie Nicholls||20||Great Britain||GBR|
|10||Billy Morgan||24||Great Britain||GBR|
|14||Ryan Stassel||21||United States||USA|
|15||Chas Guldemond||26||United States||USA|