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U.S. ties medal lead after skiing sweep

Krasnaya Polyana, Russia (AP) -- The U.S. swept the podium in men's slopestyle skiing Thursday, tying the Americans with Norway atop the medal count in the Winter Olympics with 12.

Joss Christensen soared to gold in the sport's Olympic debut, posting a score of 95.80 to beat teammates Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper.

The gold was the fourth for the U.S. in Sochi, all won on the slopes of the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

In conditions better suited for a spring break in the mountains than the Winter Olympics, the 22-year-old Christensen was by far the best. Each of his four runs scored in the 90s.

The sweep is the third for the U.S. in Winter Olympic history, joining men's figure skating in 1956 and men's halfpipe snowboarding in 2002.

 
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