Patriots in the park

We're claiming it: An American is going to win men's ski Slopestyle

Updated: March 17, 2011, 7:35 AM ET
By John Symms | ESPN Action Sports

Have you watched a halfpipe contest lately? For the last three years, nearly every big pipe event has ended with a podium topped by a guy waving a French or Canadian flag. On the bright side, the Good Ol' US of A is home to some of the world's best slopestyle skiers. So even if France takes pipe again this week at the second-ever Winter X Europe, slope will go to the mighty red, white and blue — not the French kind, the American kind.

After making that claim, I might ...

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