What's buzzing:

Fourth-Place Medal

First gold medal of Sochi Games goes to Team USA

Fourth-Place Medal
Sage Kotsenburg wins Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Final
.

View gallery

Sage Kotsenburg of the United States celebrates winning gold after his second run during the Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Final during day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

 

The first gold medal of the 2014 Winter Games went to Team USA after Sage Kotsenburg scored a 93.50 in the inaugural men’s snowboarding slopestyle event.

[ Related: Shaun White out of slopestyle event at Sochi ]

Kotsenburg of Park City, Utah, soared and twisted through the air, landing cleanly and seemingly effortlessly at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Sochi on Saturday morning.

The 20-year-old was considered a frontrunner after Shaun White suffered a wrist injury while training at the park and pulled out of the slopestyle event Wednesday.

Staale Sandbech, 20 of Norway, earned the silver medal with a score of 91.75, and Mark McMorris, 20 of Canada, took home the bronze after scoring 88.75.

[ Photos: Slopestyle event makes Olympic debut ]

Kotsenburg won the silver medal in the snowboard slopestyle at the 2012 Winter X Games and took home bronze  in the Snowboard Big Air event at the 2011 Winter X Games.

 

View Comments (3)
  • Deion Sanders lights up Cam Newton: 'You can't do that'

    Deion Sanders lights up Cam Newton: 'You can't do that'

    Cam Newton's press conference antics didn't sit well with Deion Sanders. … More »

    Shutdown Corner - 17 minutes ago
  • Denver's defense brings home the Lombardi

    Denver's defense brings home the Lombardi

    Von Miller and the rest of Denver's dominant defense silenced their doubters the only way they knew how, by securing the silver trophy in the Golden Gate City. ''Look man, we're the greatest defense anyone ever faced,'' linebacker Brandon Marshall … More »

    AP - Sports - 23 minutes ago
  • Broncos linebacker Von Miller earns Super Bowl MVP honors

    Broncos linebacker Von Miller earns Super Bowl MVP honors

    A few feet away, teammate Brandon Marshall explained why Miller's first-quarter strip-sack of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was such a significant moment in Denver's 24-10 victory Sunday night that earned rings for the Broncos. ''We got … More »

    AP - Sports - 30 minutes ago
  • Broncos linebacker Von Miller earns Super Bowl MVP honours

    Broncos linebacker Von Miller earns Super Bowl MVP honours

    A few feet away, teammate Brandon Marshall explained why Miller's first-quarter strip-sack of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was such a significant moment in Denver's 24-10 victory Sunday night that earned rings for the Broncos. "We got … More »

    The Canadian Press - 31 minutes ago
  • No masterpiece, but Manning rides off with a win

    No masterpiece, but Manning rides off with a win

    The best thing for Peyton Manning is that he won the Super Bowl. Constantly harassed, never quite comfortable - sort of the way the whole season has played out - Manning walked away with his second Super Bowl title Sunday night, after Denver's … More »

    AP - Sports - 33 minutes ago