Kotsenburg who goes by the nickname "second-run Sage" captured the tough slopestyle course at the Extreme park in Sochi by delivering a flawless run. The Idaho native wasn't afraid of the course that caused Olympic teammate and halfpipe favorite Shaun White to back out of the event. He triumphed with a risky, but impressive trick that he calls the "Holy Crail".
In delivering the trick in which he appears as if he's spinning like a top as he rotates 4 1/2 times while grabbing the board behind his back in the process, Kotsenburg admitted after he came out of the even victorious that the move was something he never tried before.
"I'd never even tried it before, literally. Never ever tried it before in my life."
The new and first Olympic champion in slopesyle finished his first run in the finals with a score of 93.50, which ended up just being enough because in his second run, he delivered a score of just 83.25. Only Canadian Max parrot stood in Kotsenburg's way towards the end of the event, but his final score of 87.25 wasn't quite enough to stop the 20-year-old American's path to gold. Staale Sandbech of Norway took home the silver while slopstyle favorite Mark McMorris of Canada took home the bronze.
It was a thrilling Olympic debut for the event and one that Sage Kotsenburg will cherish.
"I can't even describe the feeling. It's so cool."