Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sage Kotsenburg is carrying his gold medal around in his jacket pocket

When talking, at times he seemed like a seasoned pro, like when he discussed problems with the current tour and how he hopes to use the newfound attention to bring some awareness about the problems in'petitive snowboarding.Isuzu Auto Parts And then he spoke about people who have contacted him on Twitter and you remember he's 20 years old."Kobe Bryant tweeted at me. Metallica tweeted at me. Eli Roth.canada goose jacket women He messaged me. It was like, 'Dude,Nike Air Max that was sick.' I am so down for all three of them. It's so weird. They're hitting me up."Kotsenburg gained 60,000+ new followers on Twitter since winning gold, and had his first moment of real celebrity when gossip website TMZ stopped him on the sidewalk in Manhattan.Lululemon Women's Pants"I'm just so surprised how nice everyone is," he said. "Like I was walking in New York and there was a dude with a TMZ camera, and he just came up and was like, 'Yo Sage Kotsenburg, you won the Olympics, you're so cool.' And I was like, 'Thanks,Wholesale Lingerie Sexy Lingerie man!'" 

The Olympic gold medalist in slopestyle snowboarding has had a whirlwind week since winning the first gold medal of the Sochi 2014 games. A couple of weeks ago, Kotsenburg was another anonymous name in a sport that only had one star: Shaun White. Now, after winning gold, Kotsenburg is experiencing the flash fame that seems to happen to a few athletes every Olympics. Media appearances, video shoots, phone calls, texts…it's a lot for a 20-year-old Park City snowboarder who is used to sleeping in most days before hitting the park.From the time he stood on the podium for the first time, it's been surreal."The flag is going up. You've got the medal on. And you're just tripping out," he said. 

After winning gold he did several days of media appearances in Sochi before hopping a flight to New York, where he's appeared on Good Morning America. Because of his sudden media obligations and a win that came so early in the Olympics, he said he missed the oft-gossiped-about parties in the Olympic Village."My event was the first event, and no one really parties before their events. So then I won and had to get out of there before any good stuff happened," he said.Now he's sitting in a glass-walled office on the 10th floor of a Madison Avenue office building, surrounded by boxes upon boxes of Mike and Ike's candies "We know how much Sage loves candy," said a member of his agency, and he looks beat.

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