ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 8) – Sage Kotsenburg (Park City, UT) earned the first-ever gold medal in slopestyle snowboarding’s Olympic debut Saturday while also claiming the first gold for the USA at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Primetime coverage of the slopestyle snowboarding final airs on NBC at 8:00 p.m EST Saturday and can be streamed at NBCOlympics.com.
It’s just unreal the amount of pride you feel standing on the podium. I’m just lucky enough to be with my two really good friends up there, because we are genuinely good friends and are snowboarding all the time together. Just being up there with them was on another level.
I was just on cloud nine up there and couldn’t even think of anything else besides being with my friends and staring at that American flag going up the pole.
The podium at the medals ceremony definitely hit me pretty hard. I had my hand on my heart and was looking at the flag thinkin, ‘This is really happening!’