Team USA sits 3rd in overall medal count with five.
Team USA sits 3rd in overall medal count with five. (Carmen Rodriguez Nsp/Flickr)

U.S. Dominates in Slopestyle Debut

Plus: Mancuso wins bronze and Miller falters

Team USA sits 3rd in overall medal count with five.

Sage Kostenburg and Jamie Anderson snatched gold in the men’s and women’s slopestyle this weekend, placing an American stamp on the event’s Olympic premiere.

Kostenburg, the 20-year-old style king from Park City, Utah, surprised the judges and captured gold with some unexpected tricks, including his patented manuever, the Holy Crail. A day later, Anderson was atop the podium for the women after surpassing the field with her own smooth, laid-back style. “I can’t believe these shenanigans!” the 23-year-old said.

The mood was a little less celebratory for skier Bode Miller after a disappointing eighth-place finish in the downhill. Miller stormed through every training run and looked poised for at least a spot on the medal stand in the twilight of his career. “I’ve said a million times I’m not always so affected by the results,” Miller explained. “I would have loved to get a gold medal today, or any medal today.”

Skier Julia Mancuso laid down yet another clutch big-race performance and added a super combined bronze medal to her resume. “It was kind of like crossing the finish line and saying, ‘See, it works! Believing in yourself really works. I got a medal today,'” Mancuso exclaimed with her disarming confidence.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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