Winter Games Athletes
Christensen punched his ticket to Sochi with a strong last-minute showing. He earned a discretionary roster spot after winning the last qualifying event in his hometown on Jan. 18, impressing the U.S. coaches enough to get the nod over the likes of recent world champions Tom Wallisch and Alex Schlopy. Growing up in the same city that played host to Olympic events in 2002, Christensen had plenty of opportunities to gain experience in slopestyle and halfpipe skiing after his parents had him on skis when he was three years old. Christensen turned pro in 2011 and finished first place in big air at the New Zealand Winter Games later that year. His other top accomplishments include a third-place finish at the 2012 AFP world championships. Christensen finished fourth in the AFP overall world rankings in 2012, then overcame a knee injury to finish fifth the following year.