Feb 8, 2014 9:35 AM
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) - The first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics has gone to an American.
Snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg soared to victory in the men's slopestyle, pulling off a trick he named the "Holy Crail."
The 20-year-old from Idaho jetted off the first big jump of the course and propelled himself into a helicopter twirl that whirred around for four-and-a-half rotations.
While in the air, he grabbed the back of his board and flexed his legs behind his back.