The day after he won the gold medal in the Sochi Olympics, snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg offered to answer some of YOUR questions. So nice, right? You asked, and here are Sage’s responses!
Elle asked: What is it like being in the Olympics?
Sage: Being in the Olympics is such an unreal experience. It was almost like a dream just being there. When I won, it was just . . . I could not even comprehend what was going on. You feel like you’re in this fantasy world being there because it is just something you have watched on TV since you were a kid and then you show up there and you’re like, “WOW, I can’t believe we are actually here right now.” It was a really cool experience being there. Everyone was really nice and I met a lot of people from different countries.
CatBrain205 asked: How nerve-racking is it waiting for the awards to be announced? Who would you dedicate the medal to? Who do you appreciate the most for their support and enthusiasm?
Sage: Waiting for the award is almost the scariest part. It is just the biggest event of your life. Waiting up on the podium, it was like, my knees were just shaking; my legs were shaking. Mark McMorris, who got 3rd, looked at me and said, “My knees are shaking.” I was like, “ME, TOO! This is crazy!” And I would love to dedicate my medal to my mom and dad because I would not be where I am without all their support. So, just leave my gold medal at their house!
Sonja asked: Do you like swimming? I got 3rd place the first time I went to a swim meet.
Sage: I enjoy going to lakes and oceans. I do not swim too much in lap pools, but maybe you can be the next Michael Phelps and win a bunch of gold medals in the Olympics.
AmethystButterfly585 asked: The Olympics and everyone who competes in them inspire me so much. What inspired YOU to go for it?
Sage: I got inspired a lot from watching the 2002 Olympics. I was watching when I was in 3rd grade, so 8 or 9 years old. Watching Ross Powers, Danny Kass, and J.J. Thomas win there was eye-opening to me.
If Sage has inspired YOU to get involved in snowboarding, you can check out some incredible training programs offered by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). Maybe we will see you in PyeongChang for the 2018 Olympics!