Park City’s own Sage Kotsenburg ditched his skis at age five, made his debut at the U.S. Open at the age of 12 and hasn’t slowed down since. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Snowboarding)
A record-matching 17 Team USA skiers and snowboarders left the Sochi Olympic Winter Games with medals, including the first-ever slopestyle snowboarding gold going to Sage Kotsenburg after his opening day victory.
Sage Kotsenburg with his historic slopestyle snowboarding gold medal, the first of two medals won by Team USA so far in Sochi.
Sage Kotsenburg, seen here with Norwegian silver-medalist Staale Sandbech, after being presented with the first-ever gold medal for slopestyle snowboarding Saturday at the impressive Sochi Olympic Park underneath the towering, modern Olympic torch.
Sage Kotsenburg put down a powerful first run to hold on for gold in the first ever Olympic slopestyle snowboarding competition.
The inaugural slopestyle snowboarding qualification kicked off the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi Thursday. Jamie Anderson (pictured) and Karly Shorr advanced straight to the finals after finishing second and fourth in their heat.
Olympian Jamie Anderson earned silver Saturday at the X Games slopestyle snowboarding final after Norway’s Silje Norendal stomped a smooth run and pushed her out of the top spot.
Olympic champions Shaun White, Kelly Clark and Hannah Teter led 13 halfpipe and slopestyle athletes nominated to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Snowboarding Team.
Sage Kotsenburg took the victory in slopestyle at the final stop of the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix Tour at Mammoth Mountain.
The nation’s top snowboarding athletes continue the fight for Olympic team spots Jan. 6-11 when the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix sets up shop at Breckenridge for halfpipe and slopestyle events.
Top snowboarding athletes from the USA continue their push for spots on the Olympic team at the second of five Olympic qualification events, the Sprint U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix at Copper Mountain Dec. 21-22.
X Games gold medalist Chas Guldemond finished fifth and secured the top U.S. spot in the first-ever slopestyle snowboarding Olympic qualifier at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships at Breckenridge Sunday.
Olympic gold medalist Shaun White qualified into the top spot in the slopestyle qualifier Friday at the Dew Tour iON Mountain Championships, the first-ever Olympic qualification series for slopestyle snowboarding.
Olympians Seth Wescott, Nate Holland, Nick Baumgartner, and Faye Gulini lead a team of 29 top ranked athletes named to the 2013 FIS World Snowboarding Championships Team.
After extreme blowing winds and snow Chas Guldemond was able to overcome the treacherous conditions and take second at Dew Tour slopestyle snowboarding finals.
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Someone who makes his U.S. Open debut at the age of 12 is bound to go places; Meet Sage Kotsenburg. The Park City native has been on snow for as long as he can remember and now spends most of his time beating out the competition on slopestyle courses around the globe.
The winter of 2010 was truly a breakout season for Kotsenburg, who won a Dew Cup, took fifth at X Games Aspen and notched a silver medal at X Games Europe. The 2011 season was just as fast-paced, as he took bronze at Winter X Games in big air and a bronze at The Arctic Challenge.
In 2012 Kotsenburg kept his momentum going, taking silver at X Games Aspen and second at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth. To top off the season, he was invited to the prestigious and unique Red Bull Supernatural event, which features man-made and natural features scattered throughout a backcountry venue.
Kotsenburg saw two X Games invites in 2013 as well as a jump in his ranking on the World Snowboard Tour. He leaped up from 21st to an impressive 10th in the slopestyle world ranking. This big air specialist saw several podiums and will likely be seen at the exciting new Olympic venue in Sochi, Russia next year.
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