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Posted 08 February 2014 - 01:18 PM

Hey dooods and dooodettes ..........................  first gold is hanging.   Gold member #1 2014 by Sage


"KRASNAYA POLYANA, RUSSIA American Sage Kotsenburg won the first gold medal of the Olympics on Saturday in men's slopestyle snowboarding, and he did it by trying a trick he had never done before.

It was a spur-of-the-moment decision by an underdog snowboarder, overshadowed on his own team by superstar Shaun White, who had pulled out of the slopestyle competition earlier this week.

As Kotsenburg, who earned his spot in the finals by placing second in the semifinals earlier Saturday, prepared for his run, he called his older brother, Blaze, who was at home in Park City, and U.S. coach Bill Enos to share a crazy idea.

He wanted to throw a trick called "Back 16 Japan" on his first run in the Olympic finals, never mind that he hadn't tried the move in practice or prior competition. No one talked him out of it.

"I ended up landing it, and winning with it," Kotsenburg said, laughing
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