A great American double in Slopestyle
(From L to R) Silver medallist USA’s Nicholas Goepper, gold medallist USA’s Alexander Hall and bronze medallist Sweden’s Jesper Tjader pose after the freestyle skiing men’s Freeski slopestyle final run during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Genting Snow Park H & S Stadium in Zhangjiakou on February 16, 2022. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images) (Afp Via Getty Images)
The Americans did the double on Wednesday in slopestyle, thanks to Alexander Hall and Nicholas Goepper, who climbed for the third time in his career on an Olympic podium. At 23 years old, the first one knocked out the competition with the first run of 90.01 points that lasted until the end in the cold of the snowpark of Zhangjiakou.
Often placed, rarely winning, his compatriot Nicholas Goepper took second place (86.48 points), as he did four years ago in Pyeongchang after winning bronze in 2014 in Sochi. Sweden’s Jesper Tjader (85.35 points) took the third step of the podium somewhat to the surprise of everyone, as he had not done better than 8th place this season on the World Cup circuit.
Alexander Hall is a super champion, In 2019, Hall won his first gold medal at Winter X Games XXIII in the slopestyle event. At the 2021 X-Games, Hall added bronze in men’s big air skiing to his collection, also winning bronze in slopestyle this time at the World Championships.
In January 2022, he reached three podiums at the X-Games in Aspen with the title in Big Air and two bronze medals in Knuckle Huck and Slopestyle. The following month, he won the slopestyle title at the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing, ahead of his compatriot Nick Goepper.
Nicholas Goepper received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, which is the most prestigious award an Indiana resident can receive. He is also known for his misadventure because while meeting President Donald Trump at the White House, he was mistakenly referred to as Mark Goepper.