First Gold Medal Goes to an American

February 8, 2013 | Associated Press | cbn.com

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) – The kid they call “second-run Sage” didn’t waste time putting down the run of his life.

Sage Kotsenburg tamed the treacherous slopestyle course at the Extreme Park on Saturday, grabbing the first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics. And he did it with a run that left the 20-year-old American who talks like a surfer and rides like a purist momentarily stunned in disbelief.

Kotsenburg’s soulful first run in the finals ended with a score of 93.50 that held up over the next 30 minutes as the rest of the field’s dozen riders failed to catch the laid-back Couer d’Alene, Idaho, native, who peppers his interviews with “whoas” and “gnarly” and often refers to himself as “your boy.”

One that’s now an Olympic champion.

Staale Sandbech of Norway grabbed silver while Canadian Mark McMorris, who nearly missed the finals because of a broken rib, surged to bronze as slopestyle provided an electric Olympic debut.

While the course that chased teammate Shaun White to the apparent safety of the halfpipe took out its fair share of riders, Kotsenburg kept his cool in the finals.

Then again, that’s just his way.

His blonde hair flapping from under his helmet as he soared [Read the full article here: Sochi Games Gold]

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