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Height
6-1
Weight
175
 

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Joss Christensen made history on February 13, 2014 when he won the first-ever gold medal for men’s Olympic slopestyle skiing. What makes the win even sweeter is that Christensen was an underdog going into the Olympics, having been nominated to the team by coaches’ discretion.

Christensen had a rough start to the 2013-2014 Olympic qualifying season and wasn’t landing the podiums needed to earn his Olympic spot through objective criteria. When it came to the last qualifying event in Park City, his hometown, he knew he had to step it up. After throwing down one of the smoothest runs the judges had ever seen, Christensen won the final qualifying event. Later that week, the coaches awarded him the coveted discretionary spot on the inaugural U.S. Olympic Slopestyle Team.

At the Olympics, under sunny Sochi skies and spring-like conditions, Christensen had the best day of skiing of his life. He threw down two unbeatable runs in qualifiers and then went on to dominate finals with another two unbeatable runs. His last run, a victory lap, included a switch triple 1260 japan, a trick he had only learned earlier in the week during practice. Christensen, 22, led fellow Americans Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper in a podium sweep, marking only the third time in Olympic Winter Games history that the U.S. swept a medal event.

A Park City local, Christensen picked up slopestyle and halfpipe skiing by living next door to the best park features in the world. With his well-rounded bag of tricks and clean style, Christensen achieved eight podiums in the 2012 season–notably the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, the Aspen/Snowmass Open and AFP World Championships. After battling a knee injury in late 2012, Christensen was able to take third at The Dumont Cup and place fifth in the AFP Overall World Ranking before launching into his historic Olympic season.

FIRST TRACKS
Christensen’s parents got him started on skis at the age of three at his backyard mountains of Park City and Deer Valley. It wasn't long before he was one of the smallest guys sending the biggest kickers and locking onto the longest rails.

OFF THE SNOW
When not skiing, Christensen likes to play video games and get to the gym. In the summer it's all about mountain biking and skating the Park City skate park. "I pretty much try to stay outdoors and away from my couch!”

 

Highlights

OLYMPICS
Teams: 2014
Gold, SS, Sochi, RUS, 2014

AFP Ranking
6th, SS, 2014
8th, Overall, 2014
5th, Overall, 2013
4th, Overall, 2012

X GAMES
6th, SS, Aspen, CO, 2014
8th, SS, Aspen, CO, 2013
10th, SS, Tignes, FRA, 2013
7th, SS, Tignes, FRA, 2012

FIS WORLD CUP
Seven World Cup starts and one podium since debut in 2011

GRAND PRIX
1st, Park City #2, UT, 2014
4th, Park City #1, UT, 2014
3rd, BA, Paul Mitchell Progression Session, Park City, UT, 2013
3rd, SS, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012

OTHER
8th, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, Dec. 2013
1st, BA, New Zealand Winter Games, Cardrona, NZL, 2011
2nd, HP, Aspen/Snowmass Open, Aspen, CO, 2012
3rd, SS, Dumont Cup, Bethel, ME, 2013
3rd, SS, Aspen/Snowmass Open, Aspen, CO, 2012
3rd, SS, AFP World Championships, Whistler, CAN, 2012
3rd, SS, AFP World Championships, Whistler, CAN, 2012
3rd, HP, The North Face Park & Pipe Open, Whistler, CAN, 2012
5th, SS, New Zealand Open, Cardrona, NZL, 2011
7th, HP, Dew Tour, Killington, VT, 2012
8th, SS, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2012
8th, SS, New Zealand Winter Games, Cardrona, NZL, 2011
9th, SS, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2011