Bobby Brown made freeskiing history again in 2014 when he represented his country on the inaugural U.S. Olympic Team for slopestyle skiing in Sochi. (Getty Images/Cameron Spencer)
Four U.S. Freeskiing athletes landed on the podium in the slopestyle skiing competition at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix in Park City, UT.
With fresh snow falling on Park City Mountain Resort at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, the conditions were tough for the athletes in the Visa slopestyle skiing qualifiers. The two heats became a game of survival, with the snow making speed a major issue.
Bobby Brown soared to a silver medal in big air skiing at X Games in Aspen.
U.S. athlete Noah Wallace landed in second Saturday during the final FIS Freestyle slopestyle skiing World Cup of the 2013-14 season, where Swiss skier Jesper Tjader took the win with Christian Nummedal of Norway third.
It was a U.S. podium sweep at the historic debut of men’s slopestyle skiing in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games Thursday, when Joss Christensen took the first-ever gold medal with Gus Kenworthy earning silver and Nick Goepper bronze.
Tonight, 11 athletes were nominated to the first-ever U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing)
Gus Kenworthy claimed a spot on the first-ever U.S. Olympic team for slopestyle skiing Saturday with his second-place finish at the final event of the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix Tour at Park City.
Alex Schlopy landed two incredible runs in front of his hometown crowd to take the victory Friday at the fourth slopestyle Olympic qualifier at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, while Bobby Brown finished second and secured his Olympic team spot.
A potent storm at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Breckenridge forced a jury decision to cancel Friday’s Visa U.S. Freeskiing slopestyle skiing finals, resulting in wins for Bobby Brown and Keri Herman based on qualifier results.
The nation’s leading freeskiing athletes continue the battle for Olympic team spots Jan. 8-12 when the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix presented by The North Face heads to Breckenridge for the third of five Olympic qualification events.
Nick Goepper sealed the top spot and took home the Dew Cup at the first-ever slopestyle skiing Olympic qualifier final at Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships on Sunday.
Nick Goepper soared to X Games gold winning the slopestyle skiing title Sunday.
VIDEO: Bobby Brown 4th in Copper
Bobby Brown finishes 4th in the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix slopestyle at Copper Mountain with a score of 89.4.
Keri Herman’s back-to-back switch tricks and clean landings sealed the deal for her second straight World Cup win at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Copper Mountain.
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Colorado native Bobby Brown made freeskiing history in 2010 by becoming the first skier at X Games to win two gold medals (big air and slopestyle) in one trip. Four years later the name Bobby Brown was etched in the freeskiing history books once again when he represented his country on the inaugural U.S. Olympic Team for slopestyle skiing in Sochi, Russia.
Brown’s X Games success in 2010 vaulted him to freeskiing poster boy status. That same year, Brown won the Junior World Championships for slopestyle, topped the overall AFP rankings and snagged silver in the Euro X slopestyle, all before his 19th birthday. In 2011 he made the podium in the X Games Aspen big air, won the Dew Tour slopestyle title, took the AFP World Champs slopestyle title and became the first skier to ever land a triple cork 1440. In the 2012 season, he mined more X Games gold in big air at Aspen and in slopestyle at Euro X.
After recovering from two broken ankles in 2013, Bobby jumped right back onto the competition circuit as an Olympic hopeful. He placed in the top five at all five of the Olympic qualification events, including the Breckenridge Grand Prix, where he took the win, and the Park City Grand Prix, where he placed second and clinched his ticket to Sochi. Under sunny Russian skies and spring-like conditions, Bobby finished ninth and helped deliver the first glimpse of Olympic slopestyle skiing to the world. Capping the season with a third at The Dumont Cup and a second in the AFP slopestyle rankings, 2014 was a banner year for Brown.
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