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Kotsenburg wins first gold for US

2014 Winter Olympics

United States snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg takes a jump during the men’s snowboard slopestyle semifinal at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Sage Kotsenburg loves snowboarding for all its unexpected surprises.
Winning the first Olympic gold medal in slopestyle, for one.
And winning it with one trick he’d never tried before and another that included a self-invented grab of the board he named the “Holy Crail.”
The 20-year-old American jetted off the first big jump of the slopestyle course Saturday and whirled around for 3 1/2 rotations while flipping twice. All the while, he was grabbing the front of his board with one hand and the nose of the board with the other.
At the bottom, he ...

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