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Sage Kotsenburg won the first gold medal of the Games, and thus the U.S.' first gold, in the first-ever snowboard slopestyle event. It's the fourth time in Winter Olympics history and the first time since 1952 that the U.S. has won the first gold medal of the Games. Eschewing the triple cork, Kotsenburg won with style, flair and a new trick, the backside 1620 Japan, that he had never done before and only decided to throw minutes before his run after talking to his brother.
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