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U.S. Dominates Olympic Slopestyle Snowboarding


Well, the first weekend of the Olympics brought the new and wildly popular extreme sport of slopestyle snowboarding to the Winter Games. Competitors fly down a mountainside, going over a series of jumps, even ride their snowboards down metal rails.


Team America dominated that competition over the weekend, grabbing both the men's and women's gold. Jamie Anderson won for the women. The four-time X Games champion was the favorite going in, and her run was said to be nearly flawless.

INSKEEP: For the men, it was Sage Kotsenburg. His big trick was a backside 1620 with a Japan grab. I have no idea what I just said, but it sounds very impressive. It means he spun around four-and-a-half times while flying through the air, and one hand holding onto the front of his board. A slick move, or a sick move, as they say in slopestyle. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.