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First gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics goes to US snowboarder Kotsenburg

First gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics goes to US snowboarder Kotsenburg
First gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics goes to US snowboarder Kotsenburg

SOCHI, RUSSIA – 20-year-old Sage Kotsenburg of the United States became the first gold medalist of the Sochi Winter Olympics on Saturday when he won the men’s snowboard slopestyle event at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

Kotsenburg’s first run scored 93.50 and although some of his rivals put in high scores on their second runs, he held on for victory.

Norwegian Staale Sandbech (91.75) claimed silver with the penultimate run of the event while Mark McMorris of Canada took bronze with 88.75.

Russian Alexey Sobolev didn’t qualify to compete in the final but impressed judges and spectators.

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