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American men sweep ski slopestyle medals

American men sweep ski slopestyle medals

Posted by Liliana Castaño on February 13, 2014

Christensen, a 22-year-old from Park City, scored 95.80 to win gold. Teammates Gus Kenworthy (93.6) and Nick Goepper (92.4) took silver and bronze respectively at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. It was the first American sweep at a Winter Games since the U.S. won three medals in men's snowboard halfpipe at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City.

Christensen, a discretionary pick on the U.S. team, posted the highest score on his first run in finals, landing a switch triple 1440 jump, a trick he only learned and then decided to insert into his run two days ago during practice. "I knew once I learned it I had to put it in my run if I wanted a chance to make it on the podium," Christensen said.

Christensen's dominant day culminates what has been a difficult season for the skier, whose father, J.D., died in August. Christensen learned of his father's death after landing in New Zealand, where he was supposed to start his season.

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