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Olympics: Who got first medals?
SOCHI, Russia (AP) --Idaho's Sage Kotsenburg won the first gold medal of the 2014 Olympics, taking first in the men's snowboarding slopestyle. Kotsenburg had a score of 93.50 to edge Staale Sandbech of Norway. Mark McMorris of Canada, who barely made the finals, took bronze.
Kotsenburg won the gold with one trick he'd never tried before and another that included a self-invented grab of the board he named the "Holy Crail." The 20-year-old jetted off the first big jump of the slopestyle course and whirled around for 3 1/2 rotations while flipping twice. All the while, he was grabbing the front of his board with one hand and the nose of the board with the other. At the bottom, he helicoptered through 4 1/2 rotations, while grabbing his board and flexing it behind his back.
The U.S. women's hockey team got off on the right foot, defeating Finland 3-1 in the opening game. Hilary Knight scored 53 seconds into the opener of the women's hockey tournament. Jesse Vetter needed only 14 saves.