Sage Kotsenburg is a slopestyle snowboarder competing for the U.S. in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Originally from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, he first displayed his undeniable talent to the world when he won the 2009-2010 Winter Dew Tour overall title in slopestyle at the ripe age of 16.
Here’s what you need to know about Kotsenburg as he makes his Olympic debut in Sochi.
1. He Bears an Uncanny Resemblance to Jeff Spicoli From Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Kostenburg looks an awful lot like Jeff Spicoli from the 1982 classic teen comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High. In fact, according to USA Today, the 20-year-old uses the same lingo like “gnarly” and “stoked.”
Here’s one of the classic Spicoli scenes from the film.
2. He Qualified for the Slopestyle Semifinals
Kotsenburg qualified for the slopestyle semifinals on Thursday by posting a score of 86.50 on his second of two runs.
Slopestyle mixes aspects of park-riding and big air. A panel of judges score the event based on difficulty, creativity and originality.
3. He Documented His Road to Sochi in the series Holy Crail
Sage Kotsenburg’s Holy Crail is presented by TransWorld SNOWboarding, GOPRO, Nike, Monster Energy, and APO.
The series follows Kotsenburg’s road to the Sochi Olympics. The first episode documents his experience at the first qualifying event, the Dew Tour, where he finished in sixth place.
Watch the first episode below.
4. His Whole Family Loves to Snowboard
Sage was born in Idaho, but grew up in Park City, Utah, with his parents Steve and Carol Ann, older brothers Blaze and Jeremy, and younger sister Kirra — all of whom love to snowboard.
He began riding with Blaze when he was just five years old. Steve, who works in Park City as a real estate agent, routinely filmed and traveled to contests in support of his talented son.
5. He’s One of the Most Stylish Snowboarders on Tour
Kotsenburg has the reputation of being one of the most stylish riders on tour, according to USA Today. His Monster Energy bio describes his snowboarding style as having “incredible consistency and a level of technical ability that goes far beyond his years.”
He won the final Olympic qualifier in his hometown of Park City, scoring three points ahead of the remainder of the field. Watch below.