U.S. Freeski Slopestylers stomp onto World Cup podiums

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Today was a good day for the U.S. Freeski team in Font Romeu, France.

Alex Hall picked up his second freeski slopestyle win of his young World Cup career with a second run score of 92.11, besting Philippe Langevin of Canada (90.27) and Andri Ragettli of Switzerland (89.06) for the top prize. Full results are here.

In the women’s event, 15-year-old U.S. rookie Eileen Gu threw down her own jaw-dropping second run to put her on the first World Cup podium of her career. Gu nearly landed in the top spot with a score of 78.03, instead it sandwiched her between a pair of Swiss athletes for second place. Sarah Hoefflin finished in first (78.52) while Giulia Tanno rounded out the podium in third (74.54). Full results are here.

Gus Kenworthy: I think I would be too old for 2022 Olympics

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Gus Kenworthy believes that, at age 30, he would be too old to go for a third Olympics in 2022, according to Variety.

“I think I would be too old for it,” the freestyle skier said when asked if will compete at the Beijing Winter Games, according to the magazine. “I was one of the older guys at this Olympics. There’s still a career that exists around skiing that doesn’t necessarily revolve around the Olympics.”

By 2022, Kenworthy will be two years older than any male slopestyle skier from the event’s first two Olympics in Sochi and PyeongChang.

Kenworthy finished 12th in the 12-man final in PyeongChang, four years after taking silver as part of a U.S. podium sweep in Sochi.

He wasn’t 100 percent in South Korea, competing with a broken thumb and after having six vials of blood drained from a hematoma on his hip.

Kenworthy said in post-Olympic interviews that he planned to continue competing in the short term but was unsure of 2022.

“I feel like I’m at a sort of weird crossroads in my life,” Kenworthy told Variety, adding that he’s had camera tests for hosting jobs and auditions that didn’t work out. “I kind of had planned to be done competing at this last Olympics. And then I got hurt in practice. I didn’t ski the way that I wanted to. They say you’re only as good as your last performance. My last performance was not what I had hoped for. It’s made it really hard to walk away. I haven’t been on the snow since then, but as the season is coming up again, I’m starting to think: ‘Am I doing this again?’ I think I am. I’m still going to compete next winter, probably scaled back from what I normally do.”

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Nick Goepper to be Indy 500 Grand Marshal, continuing Olympic tie-ins

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Nick Goepper, a two-time Olympic ski slopestyle medalist, will be at least the second Olympian to be the grand marshal of the Indy 500.

Goepper, an Indiana native, will give the command for drivers to report to their cars during pre-race ceremonies. In 2015, Olympic champion gymnast Nastia Liukin was the Indy 500 Grand Marshal, taking a parade lap around the 2.5-mile oval before the start.

Cyclist Lance Armstrong drove the Indy 500 pace car in 2006.

In 2014, Sochi medalists figure skater Gracie Gold, bobsledder Steven Langton and Goepper made VIP appearances at the Great American Race. Triple Olympic medalist bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor tweeted that she will also be at Sunday’s race.

Goepper earned bronze in the first Olympic ski slopestyle event in Sochi, going in as a favorite, then silver in PyeongChang as a surprise medalist. In between, Goepper suffered from depression, a drinking problem and suicidal thoughts.

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