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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: Joss Christensen wins gold, US men sweep slopestye

(L-R) Silver medalist Gus Kenworthy of the United States, gold medalist Joss Christensen of the United States and bronze medalist Nicholas Goepper of the United States stand on the podium
(L-R) Silver medalist Gus Kenworthy of the United States, gold medalist Joss Christensen of the United States and bronze medalist Nicholas Goepper of the United States stand on the podium
(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The U.S. men have swept the slopestyle skiing event. According to CBS News on Feb. 13, Joss Christensen led the way, winning the gold medal in the sport’s Olympic debut.

The U.S. skier posted a score of 95.80 on Thursday in somewhat warm conditions. Christensen was still able to scare in the 90s in each of his four runs on the slopes of the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. The 22-year-old was more than overwhelmed and thrilled with the victory.

“I am shocked. I am stoked to be up here with my friends. America, we did it,” said Christensen.

What made the victory sweeter was his teammates came in right behind him to share the podium. Gus Kenworthy took the silver and Nicholas Goepper took the bronze marking a U.S. sweep in the event, which marked the third time the U.S. has swept an event in Winter Olympic history.

And the sweep is still sinking in for U.S. coach Skogen Sprang.

“It’s the kind of thing you don’t even let yourself think about. I still don’t believe it happened.”

Christensen nailed his four runs over the series of rails and jumps. The Utah native wasn’t imitated by the event as his first fun totaled 10 full spins and three off-axis jumps. It set the tone for the rest of his runs and also set the tune for the Americans who shared the podium together in an eventful day in Sochi, Russia.