USA’s Sage Kotsenburg Takes First Olympic Gold Medal


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Julian Finney/Getty Images Sport (KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia) —  American Sage Kotsenburg won the first gold medal of the 2014 Olympics, taking the Men’s Snowboarding Slopestyle on Saturday.

Kotsenburg had a score of 93.50 to edge Staale Sandbech of Norway.  Canada’s Mark McMorris took bronze after being slowed by a broken rib for most of the day.

He placed second in the semifinals but was at his best with a medal up for grabs.  The 20-year-old looked surprised and excited when his score was revealed,

Canadian Max Parrot finished fifth after he topped qualifying on Thursday. 

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