United States' Sage Kotsenburg takes a jump during the men's snowboard slopestyle final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics earlier today in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
On the strength of a trick that will officially go down as a “1620 Japan Air Mute Grab”, the kid from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and known as “Second Run Sage”, posted a winning score of 93.5 on his first run. Nobody in the 12-man field of finalists could top him. (Sage) Kotsenburg put the first gold medal of the Sochi Games into the “USA” column. Soon after, he and the other medallists, Staale Sandbech of Norway and Mark McMorris of Canada, were hugging, body-slamming and turning their sport’s “Kiss and Cry” zone into a mosh pit/London Guardian. Link here: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/feb/08/sochi-2014-sage-kotsenburg-us-olympics
DFO: I apologize for posting this before tonight's Olympics roundup on NBC. But it's a big story featuring an Olympian born in Coeur d'Alene.