The snowboarding community is a tight-knit one, and although that can cause problems when one boarder stands out above the crowd, it can also be the source of tremendous group pride.
Sage Kotsenburg won the first gold of the Sochi Games in slopestyle on Saturday. And while Canadians may have some cause to gripe about the results, those on the mountain and closest to Kotsenburg offered plenty in the way of vintage slope-dude support.
@sagekotsenburg JUST WON THE OLYMPICS! !!! BEST DAY OF MY LIFE— Joss Christensen (@josschristensen) February 8, 2014
This Boss just won the Olympics!!!!!!! sagekotsenburg you are the man!!!! So pumped. And the bosses… http://t.co/Y6oiFkSGsH— Torin Yater-Wallace (@TorinWallace) February 8, 2014
There were the snap-judgment analyses of Kotsenburg's performance and mindset:
Sage Kotsenburg finishing higher than McMorris makes this January 2013 Rolling Stone page quite notable (see bottom). pic.twitter.com/PYr25qj42d— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) February 8, 2014
And the first gold medal of the Games goes to American slopestyler Sage Kotsenburg, who looks like hes numb from shock.— Joe Posnanski (@JPosnanski) February 8, 2014
But by far the best was the series of tweets from Kotsenburg himself:
Stoked to go out and snowboard today!! Huge day. Haha so weird it will all be over in a few hours, so im gonna soak it up and do my best!!— sage kotsenburg (@sagekotsenburg) February 8, 2014
Whoa how random is this I made finals at the Olympics!!!— sage kotsenburg (@sagekotsenburg) February 8, 2014
WOW!! I just won the Olympics!! Bringing back the first Gold here to the USA! Love seeing all the support from everyone YOU RULE!!— sage kotsenburg (@sagekotsenburg) February 8, 2014
The U.S. is on its way, and snowboarding just created its newest star.