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Snowboarding at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Men's Slopestyle

Snowboarding at the 2014 Winter Games:

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana; Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 6, 2014
Date Finished: February 8, 2014

Gold: USA Sage Kotsenburg
Silver: NOR Ståle Sandbech
Bronze: CAN Mark McMorris

Summary

Slopestyle was a new event to the Olympic Program but it had been contested at the World Championships in 2011 and 2013 and was a regular event at the Winter X-Games. The event generated some controversy before it started when the athletes complained about the risks and dangers of the course, notably two-time halfpipe gold medalist Shaun White. He withdrew, citing his emphasis on the halfpipe, but also noting the danger of the course. This led to a war of tweets between White and Canadian favorite Max Parrot, the 2014 X-Games champion in slopestyle. Some changes were made to the course, which satisfied the athletes and no major injuries occurred.

The event was the first to crown a champion at Sochi and was won by American Sage Kotsenburg, in somewhat of an upset. Kotsenburg had won silver medals in the event at the X-Games in 2010 and 2012, but was not considered among the medal favorites. Kotsenburg did not make the finals from the qualifying round, and had to go thru the semi-finals to qualify. His gold medal, the first at Sochi, marked the first time an American had won the first Winter Olympic gold medal since Alpine skiier Andrea Mead-Lawrence in 1952.

The silver went to Norwegian Ståle Sandbech, who had won the bronze medal at the 2014 X-Games, only a few weeks before Sochi. Bronze medalist Canadian Mark McMorris had been among the medal favorites, having won silver medals in slopestyle at the 2014 X-Games and the 2013 World Championships, but his Olympic medal showed some toughness, as he broken two ribs at the X-Games only weeks before. Favored Max Parrot made the final but placed only fifth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sage Kotsenburg 20 United States USA Gold
2 Ståle Sandbech 20 Norway NOR Silver
3 Mark McMorris 20 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Sven Thorgren 19 Sweden SWE
5 Max Parrot 19 Canada CAN
6 Jamie Nicholls 20 Great Britain GBR
7 Peetu Piiroinen 25 Finland FIN
8 Yuki Kadono 17 Japan JPN
9 Sebastien Toutant 21 Canada CAN
10 Billy Morgan 24 Great Britain GBR
11 Roope Tonteri 21 Finland FIN
12 Gjermund Bråten 23 Norway NOR
13 Seppe Smits 22 Belgium BEL
14 Ryan Stassel 21 United States USA
15 Chas Guldemond 26 United States USA
16 Scott James 19 Australia AUS
17 Seamus O'Connor 16 Ireland IRL
18 Janne Korpi 28 Finland FIN
19 Jan Scherrer 19 Switzerland SUI
20 Aleksey Sobolev 22 Russia RUS
21 Emil Ulsletten 20 Norway NOR
22 Charles Reid 23 Canada CAN
23 Niklas Mattsson 21 Sweden SWE
24 Torgeir Bergrem 22 Norway NOR
25 Clemens Schattschneider 21 Austria AUT
26 Mathias Weißenbacher 22 Austria AUT
27 Ville Paumola 22 Finland FIN
28 Lucien Koch 18 Switzerland SUI
29 Adrian Krainer 21 Austria AUT