KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Team USA is back, thanks to the push-the-envelope tribe in the mountains.
The U.S. men Thursday swept the new daredevil event, slopestyle skiing, following the two medals won by American female snowboarders the previous night.
Joss Christensen of Park City, Utah, won his country's fourth gold medal in Sochi. He was followed by Gus Kenworthy of Telluride, Colo., and Nick Goepper of Lawrenceburg, Ind.
"I am shocked," Christensen said. "I am stoked to be up here with my friends. America, we did it."
It was only the third time in history that U.S. athletes won all the medals in an event at the Winter Olympics. The others were in men's figure skating in 1956 and the men's snowboard halfpipe in 2002 in Salt Lake City.
The American women barely missed it Wednesday night, finishing first, third and fourth.
After one week of competition at the Sochi Games, more than a half of the United States' 12 medals -- and all four golds -- have been won at the extreme park in sports the Americans invented.
"It's crazy," Goepper said. "I think it's going to give the U.S. a lot more confidence, and it's going to get a lot of people really excited."
Christensen's golden run came on the first of his two tries through the park filled with rails and jumps. He landed a triple-cork jump to boost his score to 95.8 points. The skier didn't back off on his victory-lap run with a score of 93.8 that was better than the 11 other finalists.
Christensen, who earned a discretionary spot on the talented U.S. team, learned the triple jump a few days ago. He said before the final that the big jump was needed to earn a medal.
"It can get pretty big on the last jump, and you just want to land it and make sure you don't put your hands down," he said afterward.
The results didn't surprise Norway's Aleksander Aurdal, who was seventh.
"They have clean triples," he said. "How can you beat that if you don't do it yourself?"
Goepper, 19, entered the event as the favorite and ranked No. 1 in the world having recently dominated the sport. The event is so new that many outside of the Winter X Games crowd don't know much about it or the athletes.
But Goepper, the two-time reigning X Games champion, had surfaced as an interesting personality coming from the flatlands of Indiana. He rode a 300-foot ski slope near his home to develop into one of the top trick riders.
Goepper fell on his first qualifying run before rolling into the two-run final with his three U.S. teammates. He predicted the competitors would lay down big jumps in the final.
"Go for broke," Goepper said. "It's the Olympics."
Goepper proved that with a score of 92.4. But then Christensen and Kenworthy passed him. Goepper called it the best display of skiing "we've ever seen in our sport."
Kenworthy was just happy it ended in a red-white-blue kind of day.
"I am so stoked about an American 1-2-3," he said.
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