Heavy Medal: Sage Kotsenburg Takes Home Olympic Gold for ‘Merica, Metal

  • Axl Rosenberg

Sage Kotsenburg

Could metal be the new Wheaties??? Probably not! But it doesn’t hurt that Park City, Utah’s Sage Kotsenburg, who just won an  the first-ever Olympic gold medal given out for snowboard slopestyle, has attributed his victory to the genre.

The twenty-year-old Kurt Cobain lookalike tells Today.com that the day he won the medal, he woke up at 6:50 a.m., and promptly started cranking Judas Priest, Metallica and Slayer: “I just started bumping that stuff and getting into a nice mindset for the day.” NOICE.

Kotsenburg’s victory is especially noteworthy because it took but a single attempt to perform backside 1620 Japan, which I’m told is a really difficult snowboard move, and not a pornographic historical epic set in seventeenth century Asia, as I had hoped. And his triumph is ESPECIALLY especially noteworthy because apparently the conditions in Sochi, Russia (where the Olympics are being held, duh, even I know that, stoopid) are total shit (leave it to a metalhead not to get freaked out by toxic piss water and surrealistically-tiny bathrooms, right?). And his achievement is ESPECIALLY ESPECIALLY especially noteworthy because Metallica literally have not been good at all in Kostsenburg’s lifetime. He wasn’t even born yet when The Black Album came out. Fuck.

[via Metal Insider]

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