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| Courtesy Alli Sports Joss Christensen at the freeski slopestyle finals.
Park City’s Joss Christensen is Sochi-bound
Winter sports » He earns final slopestyle spot after Freestyle Grand Prix performance
First Published Jan 21 2014 01:27 pm • Last Updated Jan 21 2014 11:23 pm

Park City’s Joss Christensen is going to Sochi.

The freeskier landed the final men’s place Tuesday on the U.S. Olympic Team for ski slopestyle at the upcoming Sochi Olympics, getting awarded a discretionary roster spot after winning the final U.S. Freestyle Grand Prix qualifying event in his hometown last weekend.

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The 22-year-old didn’t automatically clinch a spot then because he had not reached the podium enough in other qualifying events. But he did finish eighth at the Dew Tour, then fourth on the penultimate qualifying event in Park City on Friday, before his victory Saturday.

That was enough to impress the coaches.

The two available discretionary spots in women’s slopestyle went to two teenagers — 15-year-old Maggie Voisin of Montana and 16-year-old Julia Krass of New Hampshire — who live together in Park City while training with the U.S. Freestyle team. Krass won the final qualifying event last weekend.

That decision left out Grete Eliassen, a University of Utah graduate and reigning world bronze medalist who lives in Salt Lake City.

On the ski halfpipe side, coaches picked world silver medalist Torin Yater-Wallace, who had missed the final qualifying events with a rib injury, and Annalisa Drew, who was sixth at the Winter X Games last year.

That left out Park City’s Devin Logan, who had been trying to qualify in both slopestyle and halfpipe.

Logan did qualify for the slopestyle team automatically, but won’t join Salt Lake City’s Maddie Bowman, Park City’s Brita Sigourney and Salt Lake’s Angeli VanLaanen on the women’s halfpipe team.


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