Nobody expected Sage Kotsenburg to take the first Winter Olympics Slopestyle Gold Medal ever awarded… not even Sage himself. The gold was also the first medal won by a U.S. Olympian in Russia. He tweeted that he was surprised to qualify for the finals, being the only American in the Sochi 2014 Slopestyle finals as Shaun White decided not to compete in the event in order to focus on Halfpipe.
Scoring a 93.50 in his first run of the finals, Kotsenburg’s high score held through the finals with a second run of just 83.25 not doing any good. Staale Sandbech of Norway won the silver with a 91.75 on his second run and Mark McMorris competing with a broken rib finished with the bronze at 88.75.
“I can’t even describe the feeling,” Kotsenburg said. “It’s so cool.”
“I like doing crazy things, like spontaneous moves,” Kotsenburg said. “I just had this idea in my mind all day and it ended up working out. I called my brother and I talked to Bill Enos, the US Team coach and I said ‘I think I might go back 16 Japan.’ He was just like, ‘Send it! What do you have to lose?’”
About his trick the Holy Crail, Kotsenburg said “I ended up landing it, and winning with it.”
Sage began waving the American flag after scores fell short of his 93.50 in the event’s final run.
Sage Kotsenburg Takes Home Inaugural Slopestyle Snowboarding Gold at Sochi 2014 Olympic Games by Skatessentials