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)
Today, just about all your favorite athletes are on Twitter. But how did they get their start there? Check out their first-ever tweets. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing)
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.
Olympians David Wise and Maddie Bowman both grabbed X Games gold at the halfpipe skiing final in Aspen Friday night, just a few weeks before the historic halfpipe skiing debut at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Tonight, 11 athletes were nominated to the first-ever U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Freeskiing)
Lyman Currier and Aaron Blunck join David Wise on the first-ever Olympic team for halfpipe skiing after taking first and second Saturday at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix.
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 Ferreira boosted into second place Friday at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, while Brita Sigourney became the second U.S. woman to secure an Olympic halfpipe team spot and Maddie Bowman took the victory for the women.
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.
David Wise clinched a nomination to the first-ever U.S. Freeskiing Olympic team Sunday with his victory in the snowy halfpipe final at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix presented by The North Face at Breckenridge.
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.
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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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