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American Sage Kotsenburg earned the first gold medal of the 2014 Sochi Olympics on Saturday and the first-ever gold medal awarded in the new event, snowboarding slopestyle. The new discipline combines slick rails and big-air jumps.

Sage Kotsenburg of the U.S.JAVIER SORIANO / AFP - Getty Images
Silver medalist Staale Sandbech of Norway holds up Sage Kotsenburg after the men's Snowboard Slopestyle final.JENS BUETTNER / EPA