United States' Sage Kotesenburg celebrates after winning the men's snowboard slopestyle final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Saturday in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
SOCHI, Russia – Blaze Kotsenburg was partying with friends at 3 a.m. in Salt Lake City on Saturday, all of them gathered around a television set moments before his little brother Sage was scheduled to fly his snowboard down a mountain in Russia. His cellphone rang. Blaze fished it out of his pocket. Who could be calling at this hour? “Blaze, it’s Sage,” said the scratchy voice on the other end. “Hey everybody, shut up, it’s my brother calling from the Olympics!” Blaze shouted to his friends. Sage Kotsenburg, a 20-year-old kid in the biggest event of his life, had phoned his brother and mentor 10 minutes before his run because he wanted some last-minute advice/Los Angeles Times. More here.
Question: Some are questioning whether Coeur d'Alene can lay any claims to Kotsenburg, since he was born here but grew up in Utah. What do you think?