The first gold medal of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics was won by American Sage Kotsenburg in Slopestyle. Kotsenburg earned an amazing 93.50 points in his first run. The key to Kotsenburg's success may have been including the "Back 16 Japan" trick, which is four and a half backward spins while grabbing the back side of the board. That is 1620 degrees of rotation.
Kotsenburg had never tried the Back 16 Japan trick in practices or previous competitions. But no one tried to talk him out of it. As it turned out, Kotsenburg was on the path to victory.
|Sage Kotsenburg celebrating his Gold medal performance at Sochi Slopestyle (photo: Nathan Bilow, USAToday)|
Norwegian Staale Sanbech won a Silver medal in Slopestyle with Canadian Mark McMorris earning the bronze.
h/t: Los Angeles Times