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The lesser-known American wins silver in ski slopestyle

The lesser-known American wins silver in ski slopestyle The lesser-known American wins silver in ski slopestyle
Kristopher Love | 18 February, 2018, 17:19

On 18 February, he added his first Olympic gold to his medal collection with a score of 95.00 at Phoenix Snow Park.

BONGPYEONG, South Korea-Four years after the US swept the podium in men's freeski slopestyle, it settled for only one medalist on Sunday.

"It has been a dream just to get to the finals, through such heavy qualifying, then landing the best run I have ever done in the first run of the final".

"I can put my hand on heart and say that run, totally clean, definitely could have won and I'm proud of that".

After two scores below 70 in his first two runs, Goepper delivered when it counted with 93.60 on his final run.

"I was just visualizing this moment the last 72 hours over and over again", Goepper told NBC after his race.

Oystein Braaten of Norway won gold, with Canada's Alex Beaulieu-Marchand taking bronze. With none of the remaining riders able to outdo him, that score held up to earn Goepper and the USA the silver medal.

Beaulieu-Marchand, 49th in the World Cup rankings, was a surprise bronze medallist, his 92.40 second run leaving him looking stunned as he stood on the podium.

American Gus Kenworthy made it to the finals, but he stumbled on his penultimate jump and didn't attempt the last one. "So many of [these] guys I have looked up to and inspired me every day to go out and ride". Kenworthy was unable to land a full run, though, and finished 12th.