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Sage Kotsenburg's gold medal spurs righteous reaction from teammates, observers

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United States' Sage Kotsenburg takes a jump during the men's snowboard slopestyle semifinal at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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.

There were the snap-judgment analyses of Kotsenburg's performance and mindset:

But by far the best was the series of tweets from Kotsenburg himself:

 The U.S. is on its way, and snowboarding just created its newest star.

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Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at jay.busbee@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter.

 

 

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