Sochi Olympics

Flying High: Kotsenburg Soars to U.S. Gold

Image: Sage Kotsenburg competes in the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Final
Sage Kotsenburg of the United States competes during the Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Semifinals during day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images

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.

Image: Snow Boarding
Silver medalist Staale Sandbech of Norway holds up Sage Kotsenburg after the men's Snowboard Slopestyle final. JENS BUETTNER / EPA