- Freestyle Skiing
Gus Kenworthy fulfills his childhood Olympic dream, sort of
When freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy was “really young,” he had dreams winning an Olympic medal. Kenworthy’s Olympic dreams came true on Thursday, winning silver in slopestyle, except his original dream was to win a medal in moguls.
“When I was younger I used to compete in moguls,” said Kenworthy. “I used to want to go to the Olympics for moguls and [slopestyle] wasn’t in the Olympics until a few years ago.”
Far from the bumpy hill full of moguls, Kenworthy, 22, found an Olympic medal around his neck after competing in the inaugural men’s freestyle skiing slopestyle event. He stood proudly on the podium as one of three Americans making for only the third sweep for Team USA in Winter Olympics history.
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Following Kenworthy’s run complete with grinds down handrails and flipping a triple cork —a trick that was first landed in competition by Kenworthy only a few weeks prior to the Olympics at the Winter X Games, setting a new standard for competition.
It wasn’t always about the rails and triple corks for Kenworthy.
Kenworthy’s all-time favorite Olympic moment - prior to his receiving his own medal – was watching the 1998 Nagano Games and seeing Jonny Moseley win the gold in moguls. That inspired the London-born Kenworthy to work hard for his own chance to one day compete in the Olympics.
Kenworthy is regularly praised for his hard work. Competing, and winning, in both slopestyle and halfpipe events regularly while traveling with the U.S. Freeski team, his coaches refer to him as the hardest working rider on the team.
Directly following Kenworthy hopping off the podium up in Rosa Khutor, it was clear that the hard work had paid off.
When asked if this was a childhood dream of his he responded, “it’s sort of a newer dream” because until now the discipline of slopestyle was not an Olympic option.
However, when you ask Kenworthy to think about his childhood dream of becoming an Olympic medalist, he answered again, “it absolutely was.”
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