A virtual unknown before 2011, Alex Schlopy’s switch double corks and smooth style are now well known in the world of freeskiing – and he’s got a Winter X Games big air gold to build on. (Photo: Steven Korneich)
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 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.
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.
Tom Wallisch stole gold in his first ever FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships Saturday.
Defending slopestyle World Champion Alex Schlopy heads up a strong roster of U.S. athletes named to compete at the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships.
Nick Goepper soared to X Games gold winning the slopestyle skiing title Sunday.
Freeskiing Team Announced
U.S. Freeskiing named its inaugural slopestyle team after the IOC accepted the event for the 2014 Olympics this past February.
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Not too many rookies can say they had a year like Alex Schlopy had in 2011. In his Winter X debut, the Park City native grabbed gold in big air, claimed the first gold ever awarded at the World Championships for slopestyle skiing and capped it off with a win on the last stop of the Dew Tour. Not only that, Schlopy did it by landing a combination of high amplitude tricks and a switch double cork 1620.
With a historic rookie campaign in the books, Schlopy set his eyes on doing the only thing harder than topping the podium: staying there. After suffering a knee injury at X Games in 2012, Schlopy moved into intense off-season training both on and off snow.
Coming strong into 2013, Schlopy earned his stripes and built his way back up into a tough field of competition. With four top ten results and an X Games invite, he is maintaining his health and is on his way back up to the top of the game.
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