In an underdog story, Sage Kotsenburg of the U.S. won a gold medal in the first ever slopestyle competition at the Olympics. Kotsenburg won thanks in part to a trick, the backside 1620 Japan, that he decided to add in at the last second before his run.
The kicker: Kotsenburg had never tried this trick in his life.
So how did Kotsenburg make this risky decision? With a little help from his brother Blaze who was watching from Park City, Utah.
Sage called his brother, who was watching the event in Utah on a livestream with a bunch of friends, 10 minutes before his run and told him he was thinking of adding the backside 1620 Japan. Here’s how Blaze responded (via Aljazeera America):
“Really? Send it, I guess. Might as well. You’re at the Olympics.”
Blaze’s simple response was enough encouragement for Sage and he went through with the trick, landed it perfectly and got a score of 93.50 from the judges.
Look at him fly:
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