Alex Schlopy won men’s slopestyle on the first of two days of Olympic trials at Park City Mountain Resort in Utah.
Schlopy’s first run was an amazing crowd pleaser, with a phenomenal double 1620 off one of the course’s three jumps. Judges gave him a 92.20. None of the other 19 competitors were even close. But he fell on his second run and ended up with a mere 24.80 points.
Above, he watches as Joss Christenson, Tom Wallisch, William Mcrae, and Gus Kenworthy follow him on the final run, waiting to see if his score from the first run will hold. It did. Bobby Brown ramped it up to come close with 91.80, but Schlopes took the comp. If he hits the podium on Saturday, he will qualify for the first ever U. S. Olympic slopestyle team.
It was a nerve wracking day, with the remaining team slots for Sochi on the line.
The women represented well, with Devin Logan taking the win and with it, sealing a spot on the Olympic team. “I don’t even know how to feel. It hasn’t sunk in yet,” she said.
Later that evening, she proved she’s a double threat, competing in halfpipe. So did Gus Kenworthy.
The slopestyle course was held on King’s Crown, to the left of the Payday run, instead of the usual Pick ‘n Shovel course directly next to the 2002 Olympic pipe.
“The King’s Crown slopestyle course is more expert terrain,” says PCMR Communications Director Andy Miller. “We chose it for the Olympic trials because it’s a better test for the athletes.
The final day of trials will be Saturday; with the official U. S. Olympic team that will go to Sochi announced after the halfpipe comp.
Adventure Sports weekly will have the full report with exclusive photos and interviews after the team is announced.