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2014 Winter Olympics: Snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg on slopestyle controversy

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A day after 2014 Olympic slopestyle medal favorite Torstein Horgmo of Norway broke his collar bone during a dramatic training run crash in Sochi, forcing his withdrawal from the Winter Games, event organizers made course modifications to appease riders. But not all of the event's scheduled contenders felt the changes were warranted, and U.S. snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg hit Twitter to share his opinion on Feb. 4.

Kotsenburg, 20, scoffed at the notion that the course located in Sochi's Rosa Khutor Extreme Park was ever truly unsafe, tweeting "'We hear the sochi course is dangerous' yea X Games is all lollipops and unicorns the whole way down we aren't used to dangerous courses haha."

Keri Herman, who will take part in the women's slopestyle skiing event in Sochi, affirmed Kotsenburg's post with a hearty "right on, Sage!!!"

But not all members of Team USA took a cavalier attitude about the slopestyle course. Two-time Olympic halfpipe gold medalist Shaun White, who will compete in the inaugural slopestyle event alongside Kotsenburg, Chas Guldemond, and Ryan Stassel, admitted that facing potential danger is part of snowboarding, but called the Sochi course "a little intimidating."

Snowboard slopestyle qualifications at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will take place on Feb. 6, one day before opening ceremonies officially kick of the festivities.



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