Park City native Alex Schlopy admits to being a loud-mouthed troublemaker growing up, but when his gymnastics coach showed him that he could do flips and tricks on his skis, Schlopy was instantly hooked on freeskiing. (Getty Images/Gene Sweeney Jr.)
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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Park City native Alex Schlopy admits to being a loud-mouthed troublemaker growing up, but when his gymnastics coach showed him that he could do flips and tricks on his skis, Schlopy was instantly hooked on freeskiing. Competing is in his blood, since his mom, Holly Flanders, was a two-time Olympian downhill racer, his dad was an NFL kicker, and his cousin Erik was also an Olympian. With an X Games gold medal in big air, a FIS World Championship gold, and a Grand Prix win under his belt, Schlopy is a master of style and amplitude.
Schlopy came into the 2013-2014 season as an Olympic hopeful in slopestyle. With a grueling five-event Olympic qualification series, Schlopy placed well among his American counterparts, and he took the win in slopestyle at the first Park City Grand Prix. But after missing the team nomination, Schlopy went on to compete at X Games Aspen in both big air and slopestyle and focus the remainder of his season on filming and enjoying skiing.
As a rookie in 2011 he grabbed gold in big air in his Winter X debut, claimed the first slopestyle skiing gold ever awarded at the FIS World Championships at his home resort and capped it off with a win on the last stop of the Dew Tour. After suffering a knee injury at X Games in 2012, Schlopy moved into intense off-season training both on and off snow. He then came into 2013 strong and built his way back up into the top of a tough field of competition.
Some of the contests didn't go as I had hoped, whether it was weather or speed or some sort of issue, but I finally was able to get a run I was stoked on and win the first Grand Prix in Park City. After that it was a close call between Joss, Tom and I for the last spot on the Olympic team. Based off points and coaches discretion, Joss made the team and emerged the Olympic Gold medalist after coming in as the underdog, which is what made me the most stoked of anything this season!!
Now I'm trying to get as healthy as possible and work hard to keep achieving bigger goals, with a bit of fun in between, of course!
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