Indiana’s Nick Goepper wins silver in slopestyle

ZHANGJIAKOU, China – Each in their own way, Alex Hall and Nick Goepper have dismayed at the spin-to-win direction of freeskiing.

Don’t get it twisted – both of the Americans are more than capable of doing it. But that’s not what fostered their love of the sport as they grew up in Zurich and Indiana, respectively.

It was the urban rails, the terrain parks and so many other parts of their sport that drew them in more than the acrobatics on skis. So, happily for them, and fittingly, Hall and Goepper picked unique lines and did creative tricks – taking all the Beijing Olympics course was giving them – and found their way to the slopestyle podium.

Hall won gold and Goepper silver at Genting Snow Park on Wednesday, extending the United States’ success in this event. Sweden’s Jesper Tjäder claimed bronze.

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