Team USA’s Alex Hall stomped a massive first run in the first round of the men’s freeski slopestyle at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics that all but ended the competition before it had even begun yesterday.
“It definitely was the best slopestyle run I’ve ever done, mainly because it embodied everything I love about skiing and how I approach it and I didn’t fade away from that to try and maybe get bigger scores.”
– Alex Hall told Olympics.com
23-year-old Hall’s score of 90.01 had the world’s best freeskiers chasing him through the remaining two rounds, ultimately in vain.
Team USA’s Nick Goepper was his closest competitor, scoring 86.48 to take silver. Sweden’s Jesper Tjader took bronze with 85.35.
For his gold-medal-winning run, Hall tiptoed through the rails before unleashing a massive double-cork on the first jump feature. He followed that up with a bounce off the knuckle in the wave section of the second jump. Then, finally, he capped the run with a double-ten (pulled back a half rotation at the end) to land switch (backward), reports Olympics.com.
Hall’s teammate Goepper fell on his first run but nailed a pair of gorgeous double cork 14s in his second run for his silver medal.
“I feel awesome. Life is good — I’m super grateful for everything that’s happened in the last couple of years. To get another medal out of another Olympics — it’s just a cool thing.”
– Nick Goepper told Olympics.com