Team USA Wins Gold in 1st Ever Olympic Men's Slopestyle Event

Snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg talks about overcoming his fear of heights to become part of Olympic history.
3:00 | 02/12/14

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He brought home the first gold medal for team usa and now he's bringing it here to times square. We're talking about sage kotsenburg. One big in the first ever olympic men's slopestyle snowboarding event and he won with style executing a trick he invented trying for the first time. Sage kotsenburg rite here with us. Hey. How are you? Oh. Oh. Love hugging a gold medalist. Nice to meet you, sage and so nice. Bringing it. I know. I just want to see it. Oh, my -- wow. Let me tell you, that's legit That's a workout. Here, have a seat. Have a seat, sage. Have a nice muscular neck in a couple of days. Happily so. Had to be exciting there. What's it like to be back on U.S. Soil with that around your neck? This is the first time I'm New York ever. Ever? To come back and be welcomed like this is pretty rad. You're all about first. Tell us about this wholly Crail. A grab I came up a couple months ago, it's a Japan grab so it's your front hand grabbing mute and tweaked behind your back and backhand reaching up to your nose and your board at the same time and do it while I'm doing a 1260-degree rotation. Pretty gutsy to do it at the olympics first time to try it out and do it here? Yeah, I mean kind of. The 1620 was something I had never done so it's like doing it with that is kind of a bad idea first but it worked out. We've seen the conditions deteriorate now. It's making it tougher and tougher. But in advance of your event, Shaun white, the very well known and two-time olympic gold medalist pulled out at the last minute and treated a lot of controversy. What did you make of his decision. It's unfortunate he didn't win last night, but I guess the pipe was as you said like the snow was kind of deteriorating over there and the pipe wasn't very good so that kind of sucks, it was a big course and it W was -- it was pretty heavy, you know, especially if you're going to do two events, slopestyle and pipe. First time slopestyle was there and was going pore a three-peat. I definitely understand why he would want to pull out and save himself for pipe. It's unfortunate to have a pipe falling apart. Yeah, it's tough to ride that stuff. You know what was really cool, okay, the Salt Lake games in your backyard. You're about, what, 8 years old. Yep. Snowboarding is relatively new to the olympics. You just started the sport and fast forward and now you're a gold medal. I remember watching Ross powers, J.J. -- A lot of names. I remember watching all the guys, the mohawk, I remember so much of that -- it's like one of the things that got me so stoked on snowboarding. You're one of them now. I guess I'm one of them now. Congratulations. Do you have any other like cool tricks up your sleeve? Any other weirdly awesomely named things you're working on? I mean there's a lot of weird names in snowboard lingo. I mean I do rocket airs in my runs, Japans, there's crails. How about in curling? You're going to get out there.

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