Photos: US sweeps top three spots in slopestyle

Photos: US sweeps top three spots in slopestyle

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Feb 13, 2014; Krasnaya Polyana, RUSSIA; Joss Christensen (USA, 34) wins gold, Gus Kenworthy (USA, 8) wins silver, and Nicholas Goepper (USA, 1) wins bronze in the men's ski slopestyle final during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

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by AP / USA Today Images

The Associated Press

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 14 at 2:46 PM

SOCHI, Russia — For only the third time in Winter Games history, the United States swept the podium, capturing the top three spots Thursday in slopestyle skiing's Olympic debut to revive the country's showing in Sochi.

Joss Christensen, a 22-year-old making his first appearance on the Olympic stage, won the gold in a dominating performance that featured four near-perfect runs over the rails and jumps at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. The last skier selected for the U.S. slopestyle team, Christensen posted the top two scores in both the qualifying runs and the finals.

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