Joss Christensen was on the bubble to make the US Olympic Team in 2014 when he lost his dad. When he was selected to the US Team with the discretionary spot, skiers all over the internet were outraged and Joss was put down, harassed, bullied, and even asked to give up his Olympic spot for someone else. While this hurt Joss’s pride, it also gave him something to prove…And he did by becoming the first ever Ski Slopestyle Olympic Gold Medalist. Fast forward 4 years and Joss is on the bubble to make the team again. He’s coming off a horrific knee injury and has only been on snow for a month. Will he qualify? That and a deep dive into his while career on the podcast.
Joss Christensen Show Notes:
2:00: The knee injury, the complications, and the rehab
15:50: Born into a family of ski bums and growing up skiing in Park City
24:00: The enigma of Kerry Miller and young skiers today
30:00: Making a name for himself in 2011
34:29: Getting product from Line, trying to work his way into 4bi9 and being a tall skier
38:44: Olympics vs X-Games. What is the discretionary spot?
42:11: Making the team and being hated on online
45:12: The experience of Sochi, that time Joss thought he was kicked off the team and learning triples
54:00: Winning the Gold Medal
59:11: Losing his dad before the Olympics
100:04: The media tour and becoming a boy band.
107:40: Getting rabies in Bosnia
1:12:15: Losing his ski sponsor after winning a Gold Medal
1:16:10: String of injuries, signs with K2 and what will it take to get to the Olympics?