The first gold medal of the 2014 Winter Games went to Team USA after Sage Kotsenburg scored a 93.50 in the inaugural men’s snowboarding slopestyle event.
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Kotsenburg of Park City, Utah, soared and twisted through the air, landing cleanly and seemingly effortlessly at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Sochi on Saturday morning.
Staale Sandbech, 20 of Norway, earned the silver medal with a score of 91.75, and Mark McMorris, 20 of Canada, took home the bronze after scoring 88.75.
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Kotsenburg won the silver medal in the snowboard slopestyle at the 2012 Winter X Games and took home bronze in the Snowboard Big Air event at the 2011 Winter X Games.
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