Gold Medalist Sage Kotsenburg

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The fourth day is in the books and the United States currently stands in third place with four medals, two of them gold.

The first to win gold for the U.S. was a surprise. American snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg took gold in the slopestyle event, and then he took the time to talk to our Tim Kelchner. 

Sage Kotsenburg calls it The Holy Crail. The rest of the world knows it as the trick that landed him the first Gold Medal in Sochi.

Kelchner: Sage, you said it was a dream. Has that dream set in? Is it a reality that you’re the first gold medalist in the 2014 Winter Olympics?

Kotsenburg: Yeah it’s still a dream. It didn’t hit me until I was at the top of the podium at the medal ceremony next to my best friends in snowboarding. They looked to me and said, ‘My knees are shaking,’ and I said, ‘Me too, this is insane.’ That really hit and it’s been a whirlwind of craziness all day.

Kelchner: Can you compare it to anything that comes close?

Kotsenburg: It all feels surreal. Some people work their whole lives for this, and I kind of just showed up and got it. So I think I won the best of both worlds. Just went out there and snowboarded. I love snowboarding. It’s what I do, so to bring home gold is pretty cool.

Kelchner: You’re only 20 yrs old. Where do you go from here?

Kotsenburg: I peaked, so I should just quit and drop out. One or two more contests this year, but I want to do a film trip and trying filming a video part.

It wasn’t just the first gold medal of the games. It also marked the game’s first gold for the U.S., the first Olympic gold in the new event, slopestyle snowboarding, and the first Olympic gold medal in Sage’s career. Not a bad day for the dude from Idaho.

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