A trio of American freeskiers swept the podium of the inaugural men's Olympic slopestyle skiing event on Feb. 13 at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, cementing the United States' status as a formidable force in the sport.
Taking a surprise gold medal with an event-high score of 95.80 was Park City, Utah's Joss Christensen, who was the last man added to the U.S. team in late-January. The 22-year old dedicated the win to his late father, who died in 2013 after battling a congenital heart condition, telling reporters "I wish he was here and I hope he's looking down and smiling."
The silver medal went to Gus Kenworthy, also 22 and perhaps best-known as the guy who saves stray puppies in Sochi, with a second-run mark of 93.60, while Nick Goepper landed the bronze with his highest score, a 92.40. The fourth American in the mix, Bobby Brown, qualified for the finals and finished ninth.
Following the competition's conclusion, Christensen shared his excitement with fans via Twitter, writing "I can't believe it right now.. I just won the Olympics! Mind blown. congrats to everyone today and @guskenworthy @NickGoepper for the sweep!"