Slopestyle Skiing made its Olympic debut this year, and, because we’re America, we swept the event. Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper earned their spots on the podium with solid runs, making it the first time since 2002’s Men’s Snowboarding that America has swept the podium at a Winter Olympics. Their feat was incredible, but what has people still talking about them are the friends’ background stories. So here’s what you need to know about the three boys who People magazine dubbed “America’s Sweephearts:”
Joss Christensen: With a 95.80, 22-year-old Joss took home gold. The win was dedicated to his father who passed away in August.
Gus Kenworthy: You know the Olympian who found a family of stray dogs in Sochi and is taking them back to the U.S.? Yup, that’s Gus. The 22-year-old placed second in the competition with a 93.60. He also got a shout-out and a follow from Miley Cyrus because of his rescue efforts, which he said hit him like a wrecking ball.
Nick Goepper: The 19-year-old finished out the sweep with a 92.40. The Indiana boy taught himself to ski in his backyard and has since won gold at the Winter X Games. And if you’ve seen any weird/creepy tweets with Nick’s face and #iwanttodatenick, don’t be alarmed — Nick started a contest to find a Valentine for when he gets back to America. Yes, you bet I made a fool of myself and entered.
It’s safe to say that they skied right into America’s hearts.