Mom of Gold Medal-Winning Idaho Native: 'He Wants Everyone to be Stoked About Snowboarding'



Everybody wants a piece of the action ... especially when that action is rewarded with a gold medal. When an Olympian wins a gold medal, every community that the athlete ever spent time in is quick to link its connection to the fame.

And while 20-year-old Sage Kotsenburg now calls Park City, Utah, home, the young man who won the first gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games by dazzling judges with his snowboard slopestyle skills, is truly an Idaho native, making his debut in July 1993, when he was born in the Kootenai Medical Center.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Kotsenburg's family lived in North Idaho on three separate occasions, and Kostenburg's mom was all too happy to tell the Press that their former Gem State neighbors were "the best in the world."

Carol Kotsenburg also revealed to the Press that her son told her that he "didn't feel worthy and actually felt guilty about other athletes not winning."

"You have to understand something about him," she told the Press. "He's very, very humble. What you see is what you get. It's never been about the victories. He just wants everyone to be stoked about snowboarding."