Sochi, Russian Federation (4E Sports) – The United States has taken all the medals in the first-ever men’s ski slopestyle competition event of the Sochi Olympics, the third time in history that the Americans swept the podium in a Winter Games event.
Joss Christensen bagged the gold medal with a run that scored 95.80, Gus Kenworthy won silver with a score of 93.60 while Nick Goepper, the winner of the slopestyle event at the X Games the last two years, won bronze with his 92.40.
All four members of the American team qualified for the final with Bobby Brown finishing ninth.
The Americans previously won all three medals at the 2002 men’s halfpipe snowboard competition and in men’s individual figure skating singles in 1956.
“It’s pretty amazing,” said Skogen Sprang, the American freeskiing slopestyle coach. “I’m still kind of in shock.”
“You just do what you can to get them all ready. They did their job and stomped the runs and crushed it. I’m just so stoked for all of them, man,” he added.
The 22-year-old Christensen, for his part, said he wanted to prove that the team made the right choice in selecting him.
“It was definitely an honor to make the team,” said Christensen. “I just wanted to show everyone that they made a good choice.”
In addition to his silver medal, Kenworthy is planning to take something else home when he returns to America. He was in the process of adopting four puppies and a mother dog that he found outside the Gorki Media Center here.
“I’ve kind of been a dog lover my whole life. It was hard to see them and not want to help them out,” he said.