Two U.S. Freeskiing athletes have pulled out of today’s Polartec Big Air at Fenway to rest pre-existing minor injuries. According to U.S. Freeskiing Medical Director Kyle Wilkens, Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO) is recovering from a heel bruise while Joss Christensen (Park City, UT) is nursing a sore knee. Their spots cannot be replaced with another athlete at this time.
MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA (Jan. 24, 2016) – Olympic champion Joss Christensen (Park City, UT) topped the competitive slopestyle field at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain on Sunday with teammate McRae Williams (Park City, UT) taking second. Caroline Claire (Wilmington, VT) was the top finisher for the women in 10th.
Norway’s Oystein Braaten was third in the men’s slopestyle. In the women’s event, Canada’s Yuki Tsubota took the victory, Giulia Tanno of Switzerland was second, and Sweden’s Emma Dahlstrom was third.
Despite qualifying 11th, Christensen was able to pull off the win for the U.S. team.
“I qualified pretty low so I watched 12 people after me take runs,” he said. “Everyone put down such amazing runs. Sometimes you don’t know where the judges are going judge you, so I’m excited where I ended up. Everyone else killed it today.”
BRECKENRIDGE, CO (Dec. 10, 2015) – The first major freeskiing competition of the 2015-16 season is kicking off in Colorado this week with the Dew Tour Breckenridge. U.S. athletes are competing against an international field in superpipe and slopestyle competitions.
Preliminary competition got underway on Wednesday with women’s semifinals in both superpipe and slopestyle. U.S. Freeskiing member Annalisa Drew (Andover, MA) led the field in superpipe, qualifying first with a score of 88.00, while her teammate Brita Sigourney (Carmel, CA) qualified third with an 84.60. Swedish skier Emma Dahlstrom topped the women’s slopestyle field with a score of 90.40. The two women scheduled to compete in slopestyle, Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) and Keri Herman (Bloomington, MN) did not start after taking hard crashes in training. The women’s superpipe final is Friday, while the slopestyle finals take place Saturday.
PARK CITY, UT (Dec. 7) - The 2016 U.S. Freeskiing halfpipe, slopestyle and big air teams, led by Olympic champions David Wise (Reno, NV), Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) and Joss Christensen (Park City, UT), were officially announced today. This year’s team features a hard-hitting roster of decorated Olympians like Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, IN), Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) and Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO), along with rookie skiers ready to make their mark on the international freeskiing scene. The halfpipe and slopestyle riders begin their competition season this week at the Dew Tour in Breckenridge, CO Dec. 10-13.
WANAKA, New Zealand (Aug. 27, 2015)—During a windy Audi quattro Winter Games NZ at Cardrona Alpine Resort, Joss Christensen (Park City, UT) grabbed a podium at the slopestyle, nailing a bronze.
This was the first FIS World Cup slopestyle of the season, and a AFP Platinum-level event. James ‘Woodsy’ Woods of Great Britain was unstoppable, taking first with a smooth second run scoring him a 93.40. Oystein Braaten of Norway grabbed second place. Bobby Brown (Breckenridge, CO) was fifth and Noah Wallace (Spokane, WA) was seventh.
Joss Christensen (right) stands on the podium next to Woods and Braaten. (Getty Images - Hannah Peters)
The world’s top slopestyle skiers treated Cardrona Alpine Resort to a master class on Thursday, as they battled to qualify for the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup at Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015. Five Americans made the cut—Devin Logan (West Dover, VT), Keri Herman (Breckenridge, CO), Noah Wallace (Spokane, WA), Joss Christensen (Park City, UT) and Bobby Brown (Breckenridge, CO).
PARK CITY, UT (April 1, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association will once again be well represented at the 2015 Governor’s State of Sport Awards. Devin Logan (West Dover, VT), Maddie Bowman (South Lake Tahoe, CA), Kaitlyn Farrington (Bellavue, ID), Joss Christensen (Park City, UT), Sage Kotsenburg (Park City, UT) and Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) will all be recognized at this year’s awards.
Hosted by the Utah Sports Commission, the awards celebrate Utah’s sport community and honors excellence in high school, amateur, collegiate, Olympic and professional sports. The USSA partners with the Utah Sports Commission each year on the Utah Action Sports Tour, which includes the Sprint Grand Prix event at Park City Mountain Resort and the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort.
SILVAPLANA, Switzerland (Mar. 14, 2015)—The FIS Slopestyle World Cup tour wrapped up in Silvaplana, Switzerland with Olympic Champion Joss Christensen (Park City, UT) taking second in the slopestyle tour standings.
Christensen, who dominated the U.S. Grand Prix in front of his hometown crowd in Park City, UT earlier this season, was leading the tour rankings heading into the final event but failed to make finals, finishing 25th in Silvaplana and settling for a second place finish. Christensen was also competing with a broken hand sustained in a filming incident just days before the last event. “Unfortunately, things didn't go exactly as planned and Joss ended up second overall,” said head slopestyle coach Skogen Sprang. “He showed a lot of heart to come over and compete just days after breaking his hand.”
TIGNE, France (Mar. 11, 2015)—The FIS World Cup Tour wraps up this week with halfpipe finals taking place in Tignes, France on Thursday, with slopestyle qualifiers and finals taking place in Silvaplana, Switzerland on Friday and Saturday. Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO) sits in striking distance to win the coveted crystal globe in both.
In a sport that gets more and more specialized by the year—with athletes choosing early on in their competitive careers to focus on halfpipe or slopestyle—Kenworthy stands out as one of the only competitors male or female to compete, and win, both halfpipe and slopestyle competitions.
“Gus is able to take tricks from one discipline to the other better than anyone,” said U.S. Freeskiing team halfpipe coach Andy Woods after Kenworthy qualified first in the FIS World Cup halfpipe in Tignes. “And because he does both events, his air awareness is freakishly good.”
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 27, 2015) – In a clutch performance on his third and final run, hometown hero Joss Christensen (Park City, UT) led a men’s U.S. podium sweep at the Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix. Fellow Parkite McRae Williams (Park City, UT), who hasn’t landed on the Grand Prix podium yet this year, finished second, with Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO) rounding out the podium in third. Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) also came through on her third and final run to finish in the second spot for the women. Sweden's Emma Dahlstrom took the win, with Norway's Tiril Sjaastad-Christiansen in third.
With the hometown crowd cheering him on, Christensen knew he was going to have to throw down on his third run after making uncharacteristic mistakes in the first two.