Sage Kostenburg and Jamie Anderson snatched gold in the men’s and women’s slopestyle this weekend, placing an American stamp on the event’s Olympic premiere.
Kostenburg, the 20-year-old style king from Park City, Utah, surprised the judges and captured gold with some unexpected tricks, including his patented manuever, the Holy Crail. A day later, Anderson was atop the podium for the women after surpassing the field with her own smooth, laid-back style. “I can’t believe these shenanigans!” the 23-year-old said.
The mood was a little less celebratory for skier Bode Miller after a disappointing eighth-place finish in the downhill. Miller stormed through every training run and looked poised for at least a spot on the medal stand in the twilight of his career. “I’ve said a million times I’m not always so affected by the results,” Miller explained. “I would have loved to get a gold medal today, or any medal today.”
Skier Julia Mancuso laid down yet another clutch big-race performance and added a super combined bronze medal to her resume. "It was kind of like crossing the finish line and saying, 'See, it works! Believing in yourself really works. I got a medal today,'" Mancuso exclaimed with her disarming confidence.