Gus Kenworthy is on a roll with no sign of slowing down. One of the most decorated freeskiers out there, Kenworthy has collected four straight AFP overall titles and an Olympic silver medal in slopestyle to add to his trophy case. (Getty Images/Al Bello)
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.
Wednesday kicked off qualifying rounds for all Sprint U.S. Grand Prix events in Park City, UT, including the Visa U.S. Grand Prix ski halfpipe.
Gus Kenworthy made freeskiing history, taking the win in the inaugural Air+Style stop in Los Angeles, CA.
Olympic champion Maddie Bowman’s solid run during halfpipe skiing qualifications at the Visa U.S. Grand Prix translated to a first place podium.
Gus Kenworthy opened the slopestyle season with his first Dew Tour win, with Nick Goepper third.
David Wise, Torin Yater-Wallace and Devin Logan each found the podium at the first U.S. Grand Prix of the season.
Nine U.S. Freeskiing athletes qualified for Friday's finals at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain.
Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy and the Sarah Burke Overall Champion Trophy, pictured with Rory Bushfield, Jan Phelan and Trennon Paynter. (Henrik Lampert/Freeskier)
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A record-matching 17 Team USA skiers and snowboarders left the Sochi Olympic Winter Games with medals, including a record eight gold and a sweep of the first-ever slopestyle skiing event by Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper.
Gus Kenworthy sat down with Sochi Studio to talk about the historic U.S. podium sweep in slopestyle skiing. (Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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.
Olympian Nick Goepper, seen here last year a X Games Aspen, became the first man since 2004 to win back-to-back slopestyle skiing gold medals at X Games on Sunday, just two weeks from the sport's Olympic debut in Sochi, Russia.
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Halfpipe and slopestyle double threat Gus Kenworthy is on a roll with no sign of slowing down. One of the most decorated freeskiers out there, Kenworthy has now collected four straight AFP overall titles and an Olympic silver medal in slopestyle to add to his trophy case.
The pressure was on at the start of the 2013-2014 season for Kenworthy, an Olympic hopeful in both disciplines. With five Olympic qualifying events, he had to double down at each event. At the final two Grand Prix events, Kenworthy placed second and then third in slopestyle, securing his ticket to Sochi through objective criteria.
As a member of the inaugural U.S. Olympic slopestyle team, Kenworthy made his country and sport proud by crushing the Russian slopestyle course and taking home the silver medal. He stood on the podium alongside his fellow teammates, Joss Christensen and Nick Goepper, who together swept the podium for the USA. It was only the third U.S. podium sweep in Winter Olympic Games history. While in Sochi, Kenworthy made headlines by adopting a family of stray dogs he met on the streets of the Olympic town and has been working with the International Humane Society to raise awareness for the cause.
A Telluride native, Kenworthy first gained recognition for his park skiing with one of his ski movie edits he posted on the Internet. Shortly thereafter he began filming with well-known ski production companies and ascending through the elite freeskiing ranks.
Kenworthy had a clean sweep of the Aspen/Snowmass Open slopestyle and halfpipe skiing events in both 2010 and 2012, which he followed up by winning the 2011 and 2012 AFP overall titles. In the 2012 season, he competed in more than 23 events and took dual wins in big air and slopestyle at the AFP World Championships. But 2013 proved to be his breakthrough season, as he took second at the Olympic halfpipe test event World Cup in Sochi, Russia and then won his first X Games medal in Tignes (bronze). He capped off the season with his third-straight AFP overall title.
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Silver, SS, Sochi, RUS, 2014
1st, Overall, 2014,
3rd, SS, 2014
7th, HP, 2014
1st, Overall, 2013
1st, Overall, 2012
1st, Overall, 2011
Bronze, SS, Tignes, FRA, 2013
5th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2015
7th, SS, Aspen, CO, 2015
7th, BA, Aspen, CO, 2015
5th, SS, Aspen, CO, 2014
4th, SS, Aspen, CO, 2012
5th, BA, Aspen, CO, 2012
7th, HP, Aspen, CO, 2014
7th, HP, Tignes, FRA, 2012
8th, SS, Aspen, CO, 2011
Teams: 2011, 2013
6th, SS, Voss, NOR, 2013
10th, SS, Park City, UT, 2011
12 World Cup starts and 2 podiums since debut in 2011
3rd, HP, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2015
6th, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, 2014
3rd, HP, Park City #2, UT, 2014
2nd, SS, Park City #2, UT, 2014
3rd, SS, Park City #1, UT, 2014
3rd, HP, Copper Mountain, CO, Dec. 2013
1st, BA, Paul Mitchell Progression Session, Park City, UT, 2013
7th, HP, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012
7th, SS, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012
1st, SS, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2014
4th, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2014
1st, SS, The Dumont Cup, Sunday River, ME, 2014
2nd, SS, SFR Tour, La Clusaz, FRA, 2014
1st, HP, The North Face Park and Pipe Open, Copper Mountain, CO, 2013
1st, SS, AFP World Championships, Whistler, CAN, 2013
2nd, BA, AFP World Championships, Whistler, CAN, 2013
2nd, SS, The Dumont Cup, Sunday River, ME, 2013
1st, HP, SFR Tour, Tignes, FRA, 2013
1st, BA, AFP World Championships, Whistler, CAN, 2012
1st, SS, AFP World Championships, Whistler, CAN, 2012
1st, SS, Dumont Cup, Bethel, ME, 2012
1st, SS, Aspen/Snowmass Open, Aspen, CO, 2012
1st, HP, Aspen/Snowmass Open, Aspen, CO, 2012
1st, HP, North Face Park & Pipe Open, Whistler, CAN, 2012
1st, SS, NZ Winter Games, Cardrona, NZL, 2011
1st, BA, Dew Tour, Mount Snow, VT, 2010
2nd, SS, Dumont Cup, Bethel, ME, 2013
2nd, SS, Austrian Freeski Open, Kaprün, AUT, 2012
2nd, HP, Dew Tour, Killington, VT, 2011
2nd, SS, Junior World Championships, 2010
4th, SS, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2011
4th, HP, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2011