However, before he hoisted the top prize for the first-ever freestyle skiing competition, the talented young freestyle skier was cruising along through the competitive circuit when his father and biggest fan passed away a mere six months before Sochi. "I was questioning my career," Christensen says, "and if I wanted to keep competing. I had a sour taste in my mouth." But then he thought back to how he had arrived to where he was. He thought back to Big Bear, the first competition he did well at, years ago, where he ended up grabbing second place. He thought back to how proud his father had been, and continued to be throughout his up-and-coming career. So then he, himself, continued.