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First gold medal of Sochi Games goes to Team USA

Sage Kotsenburg wins Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Final
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Sage Kotsenburg of the United States celebrates winning gold after his second run during the Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Final during day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

 

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.

[ Related: Shaun White out of slopestyle event at Sochi ]

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.

The 20-year-old was considered a frontrunner after Shaun White suffered a wrist injury while training at the park and pulled out of the slopestyle event Wednesday.

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.

[ Photos: Slopestyle event makes Olympic debut ]

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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