Ski Slopestyle Olympians Take On The New York Media
Post-Olympic Media Blitz
A week after sweeping the ski slopestyle podium in Sochi, newly-minted A-Listers Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper took the New York media circuit by storm. Here's a look at how their day went.
Your Name Here
The wall outside New York City's local Fox affiliate studios is peppered with John Hancocks from every conceivable celebrity, but only one guy gets his name above elevator 1: Joe Namath.
Park City, Utah, native Joss Christensen won the first Olympic gold in men's ski slopestyle after being named a last discretionary pick by U.S. team coaches weeks before the Games.
It's A Circus In There
While "Good Day NY" hosts Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto introduce Christensen, Kenworthy and Goepper, a Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus dog handler awaits her segment.
Gus Kenworthy won the silver medal in men's ski slopestyle and captured hearts with his story of saving stray puppies.
Greatest Show On Earth
Jonathan Lee Iverson, left, was enthusiastic about the skiers. Then again, as ringmaster for the "Greatest Show On Earth," he's likely enthusiastic about all sorts of stuff.
The NHL Store in midtown Manhattan is nirvana for hockey fans like Christensen and Kenworthy. They descended like locusts on the free stick-hockey table, at which Kenworthy held off a late charge by Christensen to win 11-8.
Three down, four to go. Christensen tries to communicate with the outside world at the halfway point of a 12-hour day's worth of appearances throughout the New York City media gauntlet.
Nick Goepper, 20, hails from flatland Indiana; under the watchful eye of freeskiing godfather Kerry Miller, he left the Sochi Olympics with a slopestyle bronze medal.
Kenworthy belts out a rendition of "Build Me Up" by The Foundations, along withEW.comeditor Samantha Highfill. During the site's "Dating Game," Kenworthy claimed karaoke chops; after winning the game, he delivered.
A Part Of History
Us Weekly is owned by the same parent company as Rolling Stone, and the offices are lined with seemingly endless walls of magazine covers dating back to the early '70s. The boys take a moment to pose amongst some historical context.
Nick Goepper and Joss Christensen ham it up with VH-1's "Best Week Ever" host Joanna Bradley. It was a funny bit, but the thing both skiers found the funniest were the ski poles dug up by the prop department. Apparently they didn't get the memo about appropriate pole lengths for slopestyle.
A Break In The Weather
You know you're an Olympic medalist when otherwise gruff, obnoxious New Yorkers make a point of congratulating you when you're on the subway and heinous Friday afternoon traffic is broken up by a massive rainbow over Central Park.
The ladies of Seventeen Magazine grill Kenworthy about his prom experiences, of which, it turns out, he has many. In his hometown of Telluride, Colo., the high school classes are so small, everyone goes to prom all four years.
The Show Goes On
If you're wondering what happens to an Olympic medalist after 12 straight hours of answering the same questions from members of the New York media, here's your answer: He turns into a unicorn.