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Countdown to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Henricksen Victorious at Youth Olympic Games

By Jenn Sheridan
January, 21 2020
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Silver medal winner Liam Brearley (left), Gold medal winner Dusty Henricksen (center),and Bronze medal Nick Puenter at the mascot ceremony for the Snowboarding Men’s Slopestyle at The Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lausanne, Switzerland. (OIS - Dylan Burns)

Coming off a strong finish at the FIS World cup in Laax, Switzerland, U.S. Snowboard Rookie Team member Dusty Henricksen proved he’s on a roll and took home the gold in snowboard slopestyle at Leysin Park & Pipe during the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020. Dusty took a commanding lead with a score of 96.33, 11 points ahead of Canada’s Liam Brearley, who earned silver. Switzerland’s Nick Puenter rounded out the podium with the bronze.

“I’m at a loss for words,” said Dusty. “It’s been such a crazy experience since I arrived in Lausanne and I’m super stoked to be representing Team USA. I’m super grateful to have this once in a lifetime experience competing out here and hyped to walk away with the gold. I honestly couldn’t ask for more.”

Teammate Jack Coyne had a solid top-ten finish landing in eighth place.

In women’s slopestyle Ty Schnorrbush led Team USA into sixth place followed by teammate Courtney Rummel in seventh. Belgium’s Evy Poppe took the gold followed by Netherland’s Melissa Peperkemp with silver and Switzerland’s Bianca Gisler earned the bronze.

U.S. Snowboard Rookie Team member Tessa Maud finished just shy of the podium during Monday’s halfpipe competition. She earned fourth place behind Switzerland’s Bernice Wicki in third, Manon Kaji in second and Mitsuki Ono in first for Japan. For the men, Jack, who was pulling double duty in slopestyle and halfpipe, earned another top-ten result with a solid fifth-place finish. 

Snowboard competition will continue in Lausanne, Switzerland, with men's and women's big air finals on Wednesday. 

Men's snowboard slopestyle
Women's snowboard slopestyle
Men's snowboard halfpipe
Women's snowboard halfpipe