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February 4, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
One snowboarder turned and quietly asked his coach who crashed on the dicey slopestyle course during a training session at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Tuesday. This time, it was Marika Enne of Finland, a 21-year-old with a concussion history, and her coach said she hit her head. The injury came one day after a favorite on the men's side, Torstein Horgmo of Norway, suffered a broken collarbone, putting him out of the Olympics. Enne was taken away on a stretcher past reporters in the mixed zone.
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February 23, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia - It makes sense that a little-known snowboarder from Utah set the tone for the U.S. team at the start of the Sochi Winter Olympics. "I don't know what to call it," Sage Kotsenburg said. "I have no idea what's actually going on. " His surprising gold medal in the new slopestyle event started a chain reaction. With the Americans getting very little from their biggest names - including Shaun White, Shani Davis and the men's hockey team - a group of lesser-known athletes lifted the team.
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February 5, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- Extreme-sports icon Shaun White, citing the potential risk of injury, on Wednesday pulled out of the slopestyle snowboarding competition at the Olympics. White had called the course at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park "intimidating," and already it had become the source of controversy in the first two days of training -- most notably in the case of Norwegian medal hopeful Torstein Horgmo, who withdrew after breaking his collarbone in a crash on Monday. The decision for White was multi-pronged.
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February 14, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
With slopestyle, figure skating and skeleton all in action Thursday, it was a day without one big narrative but plenty of juicy smaller ones. Russian figure-skating superstar Evgeni Plushenko practically set off a local media riot when he had an 11th-hour opt-out of the men's singles competition due to a back injury; the skeletal American Noelle Pikus-Pace looked for a comeback story to make TV Olympics producers giddy; and U.S. slopestyler Joss...
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December 23, 2013 | By David Wharton
Shaun White, king of the snowboard halfpipe through the last two Olympics, is trying to conquer a new event, slopestyle, at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. This weekend, he took an important step toward qualifying for the U.S. team in that discipline. Though dealing with a nagging injury, White finished third at a U.S. Grand Prix contest in Copper Mountain, Colo. The result met an objective criteria for Olympic qualification. He was also the top American competitor.
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January 8, 2014 | By David Wharton
Bob Costas has generated a lot of buzz in the world of slopestyle, not all of it good. This week, the NBC studio host appeared on the "Today" show and talked to Matt Lauer about the ski and snowboard event that will make its Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Games. In case you're not familiar with slopestyle, it involves a downhill run marked by various features such as jumps and rails. Athletes are judged on creativity as they descend. Costas compared it to the MTV show "Jackass" with all its stunts and pranks.
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February 14, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
With slopestyle, figure skating and skeleton all in action Thursday, it was a day without one big narrative but plenty of juicy smaller ones. Russian figure-skating superstar Evgeni Plushenko practically set off a local media riot when he had an 11th-hour opt-out of the men's singles competition due to a back injury; the skeletal American Noelle Pikus-Pace looked for a comeback story to make TV Olympics producers giddy; and U.S. slopestyler Joss...
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February 10, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
If you're launching a new sport in this country and hope people will watch, there's one thing you definitely don't want: its biggest potential star to drop out just before the competition begins. And there's one thing you definitely do want: big wins from charismatic Americans. Slopestyle, the new sport that sounds like a rapper and looks like a mountainside version of your local mall parking lot, managed both at the Sochi Olympics. As NBC has tried to drum up interest in the new event, it has ridden ups and downs as steep and unpredictable as those in slopestyle itself.
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February 13, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- This could have been a balmy, T-shirt day at Mammoth or Park City, Utah, during a Team USA competition. Only it happened at the Sochi Olympics and in the final of the men's slopestyle skiing event at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Thursday, when the United States swept the podium: Joss Christensen took gold, Gus Kenworthy claimed silver and Nicholas Goepper, who had been favored, got the bronze. This was the third time the U.S. has swept the podium at the Winter Games, according to the U.S. Olympic Committee.
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February 5, 2014 | By Scott Gold and Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - In the parlance of the sport, it had to be gnarly. Slopestyle, the newest Olympic event, was always going to be a flashy addition to the Games - an acrobatic, free-form assault on a snowy obstacle course of rails and jumps. Elements of danger wouldn't just be evident. They would be a selling point, a path that would lead "slope" from X Games curiosity to legitimacy at the highest levels of international sport. But did the 2014 Winter Olympic Games go too far? On Wednesday, Shaun White, the most famous snowboarder in the world and one of the Games' seminal faces, abruptly withdrew from slopestyle, a day before competition would begin for the first time at the Olympic level.
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February 13, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- The cool kids were throwing down tricks on the snow -- one-upping one another -- enjoying the sun and treating Thursday in Russia like a spring day in Utah or Colorado. "United States of Awesome," came a voice from the gallery just behind the finish area. That may best describe the day for U.S. slopestyle skiing. The United States swept the event: Twenty-two-year-old Joss Christensen of Park City, Utah won the gold, longtime friend Gus Kenworthy, also 22, took the silver and favorite Nick Goepper, 19, got the bronze.
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February 13, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - On a warm slope above the Black Sea, America's colors blazed with new definition. Red, white and blue became Joss, Gus and Nick. In the perfect sweep for an evolving Winter Olympics and the ever-changing American athletes who twist through them, Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper finished first, second and third, respectively, in the inaugural men's slopestyle skiing competition Thursday. Christensen skied with a photo of his late father tucked into his suit.
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February 10, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
If you're launching a new sport in this country and hope people will watch, there's one thing you definitely don't want: its biggest potential star to drop out just before the competition begins. And there's one thing you definitely do want: big wins from charismatic Americans. Slopestyle, the new sport that sounds like a rapper and looks like a mountainside version of your local mall parking lot, managed both at the Sochi Olympics. As NBC has tried to drum up interest in the new event, it has ridden ups and downs as steep and unpredictable as those in slopestyle itself.
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February 9, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia - She is a new-age, yoga-loving, mantra-chanting snowboarder who came to the Olympics with a "medicine bundle" in her backpack and an 80-something "spirit grandma" originally from Bavaria along for the ride. Jamie Anderson came to Russia armed with support and will leave with a precious object to put alongside her mantra beads and clear quartz power stone. An Olympic gold medal. FRAMEWORK: View the best images from the Sochi Olympics Anderson completed a weekend sweep for the United States in the new slopestyle event, winning the women's competition Sunday with an all-out performance in the second run, scoring 95.25, a run marked by clean landings.
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February 9, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- It was a gold-medal sweep for U.S. snowboarders in the slopestyle event this weekend at the Winter Olympics. Whereas Sage Kotsenburg's trip to the top of the podium was unexpected, Jamie Anderson was one of the favorites on the women's side in the newly minted Olympic sport. Still, it was anything but straightforward at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Sunday afternoon. Anderson pulled it out late, in stirring fashion, putting down a 95.25 score on her second and final run. Enni Rukajarvi of Finland took the silver (92.50)
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February 8, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - Blaze Kotsenburg was partying with friends at 3 a.m. in Salt Lake City on Saturday, all of them gathered around a television set moments before his little brother Sage was scheduled to fly his snowboard down a mountain in Russia. His cellphone rang. Blaze fished it out of his pocket. Who could be calling at this hour? "Blaze, it's Sage," said the scratchy voice on the other end. "Hey everybody, shut up, it's my brother calling from the Olympics!" Blaze shouted to his friends.
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February 21, 2009 | Pete Thomas
Shaun White doesn't win every contest he enters, contrary to a popular assumption. And he did not win Friday afternoon's slopestyle competition at Northstar-at-Tahoe resort. But even by finishing second to Norway's Torstein Horgmo, White emerged as the biggest winner. That's because his second-place score, posted on the first of two runs on the slopestyle course, was high enough for the Carlsbad snowboarder to clinch the Dew Cup series points race. "I came out with the goal to win the Cup.
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February 13, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - On a warm slope above the Black Sea, America's colors blazed with new definition. Red, white and blue became Joss, Gus and Nick. In the perfect sweep for an evolving Winter Olympics and the ever-changing American athletes who twist through them, Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper finished first, second and third, respectively, in the inaugural men's slopestyle skiing competition Thursday. Christensen skied with a photo of his late father tucked into his suit.
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