US Men swept the first ever freestyle Olympic Skiing Slopestyle at Sochi. 1,2,3. Joss Christensen of Park City, Utah won Gold with his huge switch triple-corked 1440. Gus Kenworthy of Telluride Colorado took Silver, and Nick Goepper of Indiana grabbed the Bronze. What’s most remarkable about this trifecta is that these free skiers are all friends. As Gus Kenworthy said, “Nick is always the guy to kind of beat in a contest, he is so consistent and so incredible and Joss is really killing it right now. He is one of my best friends and I am stoked.”
Christensen’s Gold is the fourth for the US at these Olympics, all of which are in freestyle skiing and snowboarding. Sage Kotsenburg and Jamie Anderson won the Snowboard Slopestyle events, which were also making their debut at the Sochi Games.
In Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe, Kaitlyn Farrington of Idaho won Gold, beating out the two previous Gold medal winners, teammate Kelly Clark of Vermont who clutched Bronze and Australian Torah Bright who finished between the US women with Silver. No medal for US Hannah Teeter, and of course the US Men were blanked in Snowboard Halfpipe with Shaun White placing fourth.
Vermonter Devin Logan won the silver medal in Women’s Slopestyle Skiing earlier. Still to come on the soft snow at Sochi: Freestyle Skiing Aerials, Snowboard and Skier Cross, and Men’s’ Halfpipe Skiing. For Alpine ski events, Super G, GS, Slalom and Combine represent opportunities for Ted Ligety, Julia Mancuso (who already won Bronze in Super Combined), Bode Miller and Mikaela Shiffrin, among other skiers, to medal for the US.
Oh, and there are countless hours of figure skating with laughable announcer commentary too if you are up for that.
Its 60F and sunny in Sochi, meanwhile our East Coast is getting pounded with the 15th snowstorm of the winter. Pax is bringing heavy snow just prior to President’s Weekend at New England ski resorts. Go skiing this weekend. And Go Team USA!