SOCHI, Russia -- This could have been a balmy, T-shirt day at Mammoth or Park City, Utah, during a Team USA competition.
Only it happened at the
This was the third time the U.S. has swept the podium at the Winter Games, according to the
Christensen made a statement with his first run when he scored 95.80, and he won by a substantial margin as Kenworthy's best run, his second, was worth 93.60. Goepper had a 92.40 in his first run.
Christensen, who overcame a knee injury in late 2012, had never won a major competition, and his timing couldn't have been more perfect in Sochi.
He paid tribute to his father, who died in August, saying, "I did it for him.
"I hope I made my father proud. He's been supporting me since Day 1 through all the injuries I've had, which I know scare parents a lot. He's always supported me and never said stop. I wish he was here and I hope he's looking down and smiling."