Ryan Stassel pulled out his biggest career win in 2015 at the FIS World Championships in Austria. (Getty Images-AFP/Michal Cizek)
Olympian Ryan Stassel dominated the slopestyle field to take home his first ever FIS World Championship title, while teammate Kyle Mack earned bronze.
The inaugural slopestyle snowboarding qualification kicked off the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi Thursday. Jamie Anderson (pictured) and Karly Shorr advanced straight to the finals after finishing second and fourth in their heat.
Additional snowboarding athletes, including Ryan Stassel, have been nominated to the 2014 Olympic team.
Sage Kotsenburg took the victory in slopestyle at the final stop of the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix Tour at Mammoth Mountain.
Jamie Anderson mathematically clinched the first spot on the U.S. Olympic slopestyle snowboarding team with her victory Thursday at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain.
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Alaska native Ryan Stassel has had a board strapped to his feet since kindergarten. In all those early years, he worked his way up through the Revolution Tour, the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix and eventually snagged multiple starts on the World Cup and at FIS World Championships.
Despite his impressive resume, 2014 was Stassel’s breakout year. He earned his first major win at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain and backed it up two days later with a third place, effectively securing his spot on the first U.S. Olympic slopestyle snowboarding team. In Sochi, Stassel finished 14th in the high-octane slopestyle debut.
In the 2015 season, Stassel earned his biggest career win to date, taking home the World Championship title at the FIS World Championships in Kreischberg, AUT shortly after Stassel suffered a broken clavical and was forced to sit out the rest of the season.
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