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Men's ski slopestyle gold medalist Joss Christensen, center, on the podium with his U.S. teammates Gus Kenworthy, left, silver, and Nicholas Goepper, bronze, right. (Gero Breloer/Associated Press)

U.S. Sweeps Olympic Slopestyle Skiing

Men dominate brand-new event

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The U.S. men swept the podium Thursday in the first-ever Olympic slopestyle skiing competition. It’s only the third time in history Americans have nabbed all three medals in the same event at the Winter Games.

Joss Christensen took gold after his 98.8-point run. Teammate Gus Kenworthy won silver with a score of 93.6, while Nick Goepper—the reigning X Games slopestyle champion—earned bronze.

The last time the United States swept a podium at the Winter Olympics was in 2002 with the stellar men’s halfpipe snowboard team. In 1956, the United States won all three medals in men’s singles figure skating.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Skogen Sprang, the U.S. freeskiing slopestyle coach, told the New York Times. “I’m still kind of in shock.”

The U.S. medal count surged after the slopestyle skiing victory. With 12 medals, the United States is tied with the Netherlands for second and trailing the leader, Norway, by just one award.

Think you have what it takes to become a slopestyle champion? Check out our guide to the best places to learn.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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Lead Photo: Gero Breloer/Associated Press