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Professional Snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg Profile

A Park City local with a long and distinguished career

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Sage Kotsenburg of the United States competes during the Snowboard Men's Slopestyle Final during day 1 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

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Sage Kotsenburg Background:

Sage Kotsenburg was born to be a professional rider. He strapped on a snowboard at Park City Resort when he was just 5 years old and advanced his skills alongside his older brother Blaze and his younger sister Kirra. His parents quickly morphed into his full-time support and management team.

Kotsenburg started competing just two years after he learned to ride and joined the U.S. Snowboard Series just one more year after that (at 8 years old). He was born with a natural knack for big air and slopestyle competition, so he focused most on those events as he matured.

Kotsenburg won his first monetary reward when he finished third at the Peanut Butter and Rail Jam when he was just 11 years old. He was competing against riders up to four years older than himself, and at the age of 12, he competed on his first U.S. Open in the Slopestyle event.

Kotsenburg turned from an up-and-coming competitor to a full-fledged snowboard all-star in a just a few years. By the 2009-2010 season he was achieving top-10 finishes regularly at every level of competition. The 2010 season looked like it was going to be the best season of his career after he took home a silver medal in slopestyle from the 2010 Winter X Games Europe.

But 2011 proved to be just as incredible. That year Kotsenburg took home a bronze medal in big air at the Winter X Games and also at the Arctic Challenge. The next year, he made it onto the podium at X Games Aspen with a second place finish, and by the end of 2013, Kotsenburg’s impressive finishes resulted in a 10th place ranking on the World Snowboard Tour.

With all of the podium placements, medals, and trophies, it’s hard to imagine Kotsenburg could get any better, but in 2014, he proved it was possible. His slopestyle win at the last Olympic qualifier of the season solidified his place on the U.S. team for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Sage Kotsenburg Quick Facts:

Birthplace: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Hometown: Park City, Utah

Birthday: July, 27, 1993

Resides: Park City, Utah

Home Mountain: Park City Mountain Resort

Height/Weight: 5’10”, 155 pounds

Discipline: Big Air, Slopestyle

Stance: Goofy

Sponsors: Arnette, GoPro, Loctite, Neff, Nixon, Monster Energy, Nike, Park City Mountain Resort, Pro Tec

Sage Kotsenburg Career Highlights:

Kotsenburg’s snowboarding career has been jam-packed with top-10 placements since 2008 when he took seventh place in slopestyle at the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix. That same year he placed ninth in the USASA Nationals and second on the Chevrolet Revolution Tour stop in Sno Mountain, Penn.

In 2010, Kotsenburg took home fifth place in the Stylewars competition took second and third place at two separate Winter Dew Tour stops. He finished first place in the Winter Dew Tour 2009/2010 Cup and took second place at the X Games Europe competition.

The next few years continued with more top-10 finishes including a bronze medal at the Winter X Games 15 as well as the Oakley Arctic Challenge in 2011. In 2012, second place finishes at the Winter X Games Aspen and the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix solidified one of the best years of his career.

The 2012-2013 season proved even more incredible for Kotsenburg with top-10 finishes in nearly every event he entered. The biggest problem Kotsenburg encountered was that his professional career was littered with top-10 placements and very few gold medals.

Finally, on Jan. 18, 2014, Kotsenburg took home the biggest win of his career -- a first place finish in the last Olympic qualifying event of the season. Kotsenburg stated that he thought it had been nearly 10 years since his last first-place finish, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. He not only took home first place, he scored himself a spot on the U.S. Olympic team for the first Olympic slopestyle competition in history.

Sage Kotsenburg Off the Mountain:

It’s no secret that Kotsenburg loves to ride, but when he’s not on the mountain, he loves to travel, play X Box and just kick back with his friends.

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