US Grabs Gold, Silver, Bronze—in Single Event

Americans rule slopestyle skiing's Olympic debut

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 13, 2014 5:53 AM CST

(Newser) – For just the third time in Winter Olympics history, the United States has swept the podium, taking all three medals in the debut sport of men's slopestyle skiing, the AP reports. But while most expected an American to come out on top, not many thought it would be underdog Joss Christensen. Ranked No. 36 in the world, he guaranteed himself gold with a 95.80 score on his first run today—not bad for a guy who nearly missed the Olympics and didn't have a Wikipedia page as of a week ago, the Washington Post adds. Teammates Gus Kenworthy and Nicholas Goepper—the pre-competition favorite—took silver and bronze, respectively, with scores of 93.60 and 92.40, Bleacher Report notes.

Men's ski slopestyle medalists from the United States Gus Kenworthy, left, silver, Joss Christensen, center, gold, and Nicholas Goepper, bronze, right.
Men's ski slopestyle medalists from the United States Gus Kenworthy, left, silver, Joss Christensen, center, gold, and Nicholas Goepper, bronze, right.   (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Men's ski slopestyle winner Joss Christensen of the United States, center, poses with his teammates Gus Kenworthy, left, silver, and Nicholas Goepper, bronze, right.
Men's ski slopestyle winner Joss Christensen of the United States, center, poses with his teammates Gus Kenworthy, left, silver, and Nicholas Goepper, bronze, right.   (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Men's ski slopestyle gold medal winner Joss Christensen of the United States, center, celebrates on the podium with his teammates Gus Kenworthy, left, silver, and Nicholas Goepper, bronze, right.
Men's ski slopestyle gold medal winner Joss Christensen of the United States, center, celebrates on the podium with his teammates Gus Kenworthy, left, silver, and Nicholas Goepper, bronze, right.   (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Joss Christensen of the United States competes in the men's ski slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
Joss Christensen of the United States competes in the men's ski slopestyle qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.   (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Nicholas Goepper, left, and Gus Kenworthy, center, of the United States congratulate their teammate Joss Christensen, right, after his gold medal win in the men's ski slopestyle final.
Nicholas Goepper, left, and Gus Kenworthy, center, of the United States congratulate their teammate Joss Christensen, right, after his gold medal win in the men's ski slopestyle final.   (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
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