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Feelin’ free: A memorable run in Sochi for freestyle skiers

Sochi Olympics Freestyle Skiing Men

Gold medalist David Wise of the United States gets air during the men’s ski halfpipe final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Andy Wong

Some parts were thrilling. Other parts were chilling. But you couldn’t look away at the freestyle skiing action at these Sochi Olympics.

Four new events - men’s and women’s slopestyle and men’s and women’s halfpipe - brought a new level of excitement in Sochi and were a boon in particular to Team USA, which came away with three golds in those debuts from David Wise (halfpipe), Maddie Bowman (halfpipe), and Joss Christensen (slopestyle).

Freestyle skiing was also kind to our neighbors to the north with Canadian wins in men’s and women’s moguls (Alex Bilodeau/Justine Dufour-Lapointe), women’s slopestyle (Dara Howell), and women’s ski cross (Marielle Thompson).

The sport produced one of Sochi’s more memorable characters in Sweden’s Henrik “Wu-Tang is for the children” Harlaut.

And it also produced one of these Games’ most poignant moments too, as competitors paid tribute to late freeskiing pioneer Sarah Burke.’s Jason Stahl has those highlights and more in his compilation of the 14 most memorable freestyle moments from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Click here to check it out.

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