Give Sage Kotsenburg points for style

American surprises by showing progression, wins gold without throwing triple

Updated: February 8, 2014, 4:13 PM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN.com

A huge statement was made at the first snowboard slopestyle contest in Olympic history Saturday afternoon. But it wasn't the riders with the loudest voices: It was the judges. By awarding U.S. rider Sage Kotsenburg the highest score of the day -- a 93.5 in his triple-free first run, three runs into finals -- they made it clear they were rewarding creativity and spins over triple corks. It was up to the riders to adjust.

"Sage was out there doing all these creative grabs with a big smile, ...

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