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.
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 on Thursday. Devin Logan (West Dover, VT), McRae Williams (Salt Lake City, UT), Chris Laker (Cincinnati, OH), Joss Christensen (Park City, UT), Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO), Bobby Brown (Breckenridge, CO) and Tom Wallisch (Pittsburgh, PA) qualified for Friday’s finals.
With snow quickly accumulating on the Park City slopestyle course, the rails became sticky and the jumps hard to clear as the afternoon progressed. But it clearly made little difference for the Americans, as six qualified for the finals out of 10 possible spots. In the first heat, Williams grabbed the third spot, and Laker snagged the fifth, while Christensen, Kenworthy, Brown and Wallisch went one through four in the second heat.
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 23, 2015) – The final stop on the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix tour will take place Feb. 25- Mar.1 at Park City Mountain Resort. 2014 Olympic medalists Joss Christensen (Park City, UT), David Wise (Reno, NV), Maddie Bowman (S. Lake Tahoe, CA), Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO), Devin Logan (West Dover, VT) and Kelly Clark (West Dover, VT) are slated to compete along with a field of top ranked international freeskiers and snowboarders for a piece of the $400,000 total tour purse.
While he’s been able to freeski at home multiple times this season, next week’s Grand Prix will be the first competition Joss Christensen has competed in Park City since winning last year’s slopestyle competition and securing his spot on the Olympic team. He would go on to win gold and lead the U.S. podium sweep in Sochi.
ASPEN, CO (Jan. 24. 2015)—The bluebird skies of the previous three days at X Games turned to low-light, cloudy conditions on Saturday in Aspen, Colorado. The bad visibility made an already challenging ski slopestyle course more difficult for the men’s and women’s finals. In the end, Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, IN) won his third consecutive X Games slopestyle gold medal and Olympic champion Joss Christensen (Park City, UT) took home the silver. On the women’s side, Keri Herman (Breckenridge, CO) also won silver.