USA’s Sage Kotsenburg wins Sochi’s first gold medal

By Michelle Kapusta,

The first gold medal won in Sochi went to American Sage Kotsenburg in the slopestyle event.

According to USA Today Sports, the snowboarder won by trying a trick he had never attempted before. The trick, which he called "Back 1620 Japan," consisted of four and a half backwards spins while he grabbed the backside of his board.

"I ended up landing it, and winning with it," the 20-year-old said, laughing. "I can't even describe the feeling. It's so cool."

The Associated Press noted that Kotsenburg won with a score of 93.50, which he recorded in his first run. It held up over the next 30 minutes.

The slopestyle competition is a new event that debuted at this year's Olympic Games. It is one of the most popular events at the Winter X Games.

The slopestyle course at Extreme Park had been called “intimidating” by fellow snowboarding star Shaun White. White jammed his wrist on the menacing course and then withdrew from the competition to concentrate on winning a third medal in the halfpipe competition.

After Kotsenburg braved the course to victory, White congratulated his USA teammate in a simple tweet.

image: NBC



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