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      Someone who made their US Open debut at the age of 12 was bound to go places, but only Sage Kotsenburg could have gone on to become the first-ever Olympic slopestyle snowboarding champion. The Park City native has been on snow for as long as he can remember, and he now spends most of his time beating out the competition on slopestyle courses around the globe.

      The winter of 2010 was definitely Kotsenburg’s breakout season, as he won the Dew Cup and notched a silver medal at X Games Europe. He then took bronze at 2011 Winter X Games in big air and a bronze at The Arctic Challenge. Kotsenburg kept his momentum going in 2012, taking silver at X Games Aspen and second at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix in Mammoth. He then saw two X Games invites in 2013 as well as a jump into the top 10 on the World Snowboard Tour slopestyle rankings.

      Kotsenburg started the 2014 Olympic qualification process off with a sixth at the Dew Tour, but he finished strong with two second-place finishes and then a first, his first major event win, at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain. Once in Sochi, he landed a trick he’d never done in the first run of finals, a 1620 Holy Crail, and walked away with the first U.S. Olympic gold medal of the games and the first-ever Olympic gold medal in snowboarding slopestyle. That pretty much made “Spoice” a household name. The rest of his season was spent filming in the backcountry for the upcoming Nike movie.

      This season was so eye-opening for me. I learned a lot about my riding with the Olympic qualifier system–how to overcome being tired and frustrated, and I really learned how to figure out my riding and competing.

      The Olympic experience was awesome from the minute we arrived until we flew back to the states. We just enjoyed every single second of it, from seeing the Olympic rings, to winning the gold. Just being a part of the first slopestyle team was a dream come true and taking home the first gold in slopestyle was monumental. This was by far the best season of my life.

      Kotsenburg grew up with Park City Mountain Resort in his backyard. At the age of five, alongside his older brother Blaze, he first strapped on a snowboard. He had so much fun that he ditched the skis and has been riding ever since.

      Kotsenburg is a road warrior and can be found traveling, playing on his X Box, or hanging out and getting “Spoicey” with friends.



      Teams: 2014
      Gold, SS, Sochi 2014

      X GAMES
      Silver, SS, Aspen, CO, 2012
      Silver, SS, Tignes, FRA, 2010
      Bronze, BA, Aspen, CO, 2011
      5th, SS, Tignes, FRA, 2013
      5th, SS, Aspen, CO, 2010
      6th, BA, Aspen, CO, 2010

      World Snowboard Tour Rankings
      3rd, BA, 2014
      15th, Overall, 2014
      10th, SS, 2013

      Three starts since 2013

      Teams: 2013

      1st, SS, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2014
      2nd, SS, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2014
      2nd, SS, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2014
      2nd, SS, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Mammoth Mountain, CA, 2012
      6th, SS, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Killington, VT, 2009
      10th, SS, Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, Killington, VT, 2008

      1st SS Overall, Dew Tour Championships, 2011
      1st, SS, U.S. Revolution Tour, Mt. Hood, OR, 2008
      2nd, SS, Dew Tour, Mt. Snow, VT, 2010
      2nd, SS, Dew Tour, Breckenridge, CO, 2010
      3rd, SS, The Arctic Challenge, Oslo, NOR, 2011
      3rd, SS, Dew Tour, Snowbasin, UT, 2010
      4th, SS, The Shred Show, Whistler, BC, 2013
      4th, BA, Toyota Big Air, Sapporo, JPN, 2013