Olympic Slopestyle Men's Final - Live Blog As It Happened

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Welcome to Whitelines‘ live blog of the 2014 Winter Olympics men’s slopestyle final. We’ll be kicking off at 8.45am GMT on Saturday 8th February, commenting on all the action as it happens.

Here’s how the slopestyle final works:

  • The 8 riders who qualified directly from Thursday’s heats are joined by the 4 who progressed from the semi-finals.
  • Riders will have 2 runs each. The running order is the same for both runs.
  • Scores are awarded out of 100 for each run.
  • Two British riders have qualified: Jamie Nicholls and Billy Morgan.

Watch the coverage on BBC Two, or on BBC Online. Get involved by leaving comments on the live blog, or by hitting us up on Twitter (@whitelinesmag) or Facebook using the hashtag #BackTheBrits.

 

Saturday February 8, 2014

Duthie:
Hello all. Just 15 minutes to go til the finals get underway. In the meantime, here’s the recap of the semis: whitelin.es/Sochi2014MensSlopestyleSemisReport
8:31

Duthie:
We’re on the phone to Sochi just now, getting the lowdown on what’s happening from Tim Warwood. He’s absolutely buzzing.
8:32

Mark McGoldrick@Goldie147

Go Billy Morgan……… Loving Winter Olympics already #Sochi

Comment From James Worthy
soo hyped rite now!
8:36

Comment From Hugh Jass
hype to the maximum!
8:36

Ed:
So excited here…
8:38

Comment From Hannah
woooooo hooo, this is amazing to watch!
8:41

Charly Bourasseau@carlito_bs

Mon podium : @MaxParrot @stalesandbech @markmcmorris #JO #sotchi2014 #slopestyle

Duthie:
Anyone else fancy weighing in with their prediction?

Duthie:
And here’s Ed Leigh – things are about to kick off. Within the hour, we’ll have the first Olympic slopestyle champion.
8:45

Comment From Hugh Jass
realistic prediction, one brit on podium with stale and max parrot, agreed?
8:45

The Sock Mine@TheSockMine

Come on Billy Morgan!

Sam:
Yuki Kadono drops and stuffs the first rail, but the jumps aresw back 12, front 10 AND A BACKSIDE TRIPLE 14! Yeah Yuki
8:46

Lee Buswell@LBuswell

Fingers crossed for Billy Morgan. #goforgold #Sochi2014

Duthie:
Here’s Mark McMorris, Run 1. That broken rib clearly isn’t too much of an issue, judging by his qualification runs.
8:47

Ed:
Holy SHIT! How big was McMorris going there???
8:48

Duthie:
Oh my God!!! His first kicker was the biggest triple we’ve ever seen ion slopestyle! He had so much speed that he couldn’t hold on to his double on the next hit, and he’s down…
8:48

Duthie:
WAY past the last blue line.
8:48

Duthie:
Sage Kotsenburg, Run 1. The USA’s only hope.
8:49

8:49

Gillian Finnerty@GillianFinnerty

Billy and Jamie up next!!!! GOOD LUCK!!! #Backthebrits #sochi2014 #teamgb #olympics2014

Whitelines@whitelinesmag

Skiers Katie Summerhayes, Rowan Cheshire and Emma Lonsdale showing their support!#BackTheBrits instagram.com/p/kJiMmuMq9r/

Shell@ShellzJackson

OMG MARK MCMORRIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT HAPPENED??????????? #Slopestyle

Duthie:
A 540 off the flatcar, and that layback hand drag back 1 out off the cannon! Absolutely massive off the kickers as well, although the hand drag will cost him.
8:50

Ed:
I’m not lip reader, but that was a “FUCK!” from Sage in the run-out – and fair play! He laid it all down there.
8:50

Paul@BroccClothing

Lovely run from Kotsenburg. Love his grabs. 93.50! #Sochi2014 #Snowboarding #Slopestyle

Duthie:
Judges are giving him a 93.50 for that! The benchmark has been set.
8:51

Duthie:
The UK’s Billy Morgan is up next, and he’s on fire right now.
8:52

Duthie:
No! Billy decks it after the rodeo off the cannon. He’s landed that in all four runs so far.
8:53

Duthie:
But off the last jump he sticks a backside triple 1620!! Don’t write him off yet!
8:53

Duthie:
Just saw the slo mo replay – that triple is insane. And he’s still smiling.
8:54

Ed:
Backside triple 16 from Billy! If he can put it all together next run, he’s still on for this…
8:54

Jake Handley@Century_Jake

What a last jump from Billy Morgan – Backside triple 1260! Shame about the fall off landing the canon rail. #Sochi2014

Duthie:
Now it’s his fellow Brit – Jamie Nicholls, Run 1.
8:54

Ed:
YES JAMIE YOU DANCER!
8:55

Duthie:
The roof just blew off Whitelines HQ!!!
8:55

Ed:
Suuuper tech on the rails
8:55

Duthie:
Such a technical run, even with a couple of wobbles. No other rider could have held on to that as well as him. Then Cab 1440, switch backside 900, then backside triple cork 1440!!
8:56

Duthie:
That’s the run he wanted, and he stomped it!
8:56

Duthie:
Only 85.50?! Really don’t understand that. The 900 might have let him down.
8:57

That look says it all.
8:57

Duthie:
Now it’s Gjermund Braaten, Run 1.
8:57

DannoMK@CowshedDan

#JamieNicholls great effort #Snowboard #slopestyle ???

Duthie:
No joy for the Norwegian, he bails on the first jump and has it all to do in the next one.
8:57

Jacob Sochistrom@jakesundstrom

I love the disbelief by every snowboarder that their score isn’t as high as they thought. Pretty great.#Slopestyle

Chris Brown@ChrisBrownSport

85.50 for Jamie Nicholls in 2nd place so far, judges nit picking a little there. Don’t think that’ll be enough for a medal but a HUGE run!

Kate Bye@Katebye

Billy Morgan is competing this am in the snowboard slopestyle final only 6 months after snapping his ACL and medial ligament. Good going!

Jamalam@James_Allen4

JAMIE NICHOLLS LAD! #Olympics2014 #Sochi2014

Cal@CalanEdginton

@mikemcmillan92 Jamie Nicholls killed it but got a shit score judges are wanks

Jesse Smith@jessesmith62

Jamie fucking nicholls

Bladez Toyz Plc@bladeztoyz

Great run from Jamie nicholls should have scored higher from the judges

Boobosh@boobosh

Jamie Nicholls. What a 1st Run. Should of been a 90+. #Sochi

Cooking The Books@cookingthebooks

Tough judging on Jamie Nicholls then. Thought that had 90+ written all over it.

Duthie:
Now it’s Seb Toots, Run 1.
8:58

Duthie:
How solid is Sab… The rail section is a piece of cake for him, all tech and style. Then cab double cork 1260, frontside double cork 1080, then a backside triple – but he’s down! If he’d put that down he’d most likely be in first.
9:00

Comment From Barry Parker
yeah, needs a 12 instead of 9. hes got it in him!
9:00

Ed:
Jamie Nicholls will reportedly get £100,000 from his sponsors at Nike if he wins this thing. Nike TM Jon Weaver (smiling): “I can’t say anything… but put t this way, he’ll be well looked after. ”
9:00

Duthie:
54.50 for Seb, but he won’t care. He knows he’s got it.
9:01

Duthie:
Sweden’s Sven Thorgren now, Run 1
9:01

Duthie:
Like everyone, he’s stepping it up, but the gap 270 on isn’t clean. Nice backside 540 bonk on the Russian doll though, then cab 12, front dub 10, and a backside 1440 – Ed Leigh reckons first place, but we’re not so sure…
9:02

Duthie:
83.75 – he’s behind Jamie.
9:04

Sam:
Peetu Piiroinen Run 1 now, nice 450 on the rails, wobbly on the doll, sw back 10, sketchy cab 12 and backside 12 with a hand down, will be a great run if he cleans it up in the second run
9:05

Duthie:
Ed Leigh – “For him [Peetu], it’s almost like Mecanno.”
9:05

Robin Hosking@robinhosking

Lol knitting? WTF? #slopestyle

Sam:
Who’s knitting at the top of the course? Billy’s gran?
9:06

Duthie:
Now it’s Finland’s Roope Tonteri, who’s capable of beating anyone on his day. Run 1 for him.
9:06

Sam:
Breaking your humerous is not funny
9:06

Comment From Barry Parker
knitting on drop in?
9:07

Duthie:
Front 10 off the first jump, but he bails on the second. Nice mollie front flip off the third knuckle for the crowd.
9:07

Duthie:
So Jamie’s 900 is the smallest spin – he does probably have to turn it into a 1260 if he wants to get that run scored higher. Other than that, he doesn’t need to change a thing.
9:08

Peetu tappin that doll…
9:08

Sam:
Stale Sandbech dropping for his first run, RK1 represent
9:09

Sam:
‘In danger of melting if he gets any smoother!’ Stale stalls on the triple but gets a huge shifty in at the end
9:09

Sam:
‘Riding switch is like writing with your left hand…whilst being attacked by a flock of seagulls!’ Loving the commentary
9:10

Duthie:
Now it’s the X Games champion and highest-scoring qualifier, Canada’s Max Parrot – Run 1.
9:10
Boris

Olympic games! Mens slopestyle!.!! #weekend, #olympics, #slopestyle, #snow, #winter, #games,
9:10

Tignes locals will remember the legendary Dan Brightman shifty. Stale has been learning from the best.
9:11

Ed:
And Max Parrot is down! Its’ so tense here.
9:12

Sally gunnell@sallyGunnell

Amazing what these guys are doing #Sochi2014 #slopestyle @TeamGB hope your all watching

Duthie:
And he’s down!! He’d been singing from Billy Morgan’s hymn sheet there, copying his rodeo off the cannon and the cab triple under flip – but he can’t stick the backside triple off the last hit, and he will be absolutely LOADED with pressure for run 2.
9:12

Sam:
That was Billy’s run! Except Billy got an extra hit in the rails section
9:12

Duthie:
Although anyone who saw the X Games knows how good he is under strain.
9:12

Sam:
That’s the first half of the finals over and Sage Kotsenburg is leading the way with Jamie in second! Who saw that coming?
9:13

Comment From Barry Parker
everyone is going big now! great to see!
9:13

Duthie:
A much-needed breather, we’re all puckered here.
9:13

Duthie:
Watching Sage’s run in replay, we see now that he got his trademark Holy Crail grab! He would make a fantastic Olympic champ – can he hold on to top spot?
9:14
Sini

#jännää #olympics2014 #slopestyle #tonteri #piiroinen #hyväsuomi
9:15

Duthie:
Hazel Irvine is loving the action so far, including the knitting.
9:15

THAT is style. Bow down. Sage is the man.
9:15

toddrichards@btoddrichards

Omg is this real life ? @welickthecat

Chris Brown@ChrisBrownSport

Wow! Some very nervy snowboarders out there! After the first run GB’s Jamie Nicholls is in silver medal position & Billy Morgan in 8th.

Comment From Barry Parker
jamie in second after 1 run! couldnt ask for more!
9:16

Sam:
Our thoughts exactly Barry, any BASI insights?

Jamie Nicholls flyin the flag…
9:16

Sam:
Jamie is in Nickel position so far… Sorry I mean silver
9:17

Ed:
BBC’s Hazel Irvine has never seen anything like this. Welcome to snowboarding Hazel.
9:17

Poonac@MyPoonac

Good luck Billy Morgan in the snowboarding final #billymorgan #Sochi2014 #bbcsochipic.twitter.com/GKHGdxLpug

whitelinesmag

Celebrity spotting tour of Sochi continues. Just ran into this famous dudeboarder. @jamienichollsuk #gratuitousselfie
9:19

Sam:
Yuki Kadono dropping for his second run
9:19

Duthie:
If Sage wins and Aimee Fuller doesn’t get a medal tomorrow, she could still earn a decent crust as his celebrity impersonator
9:19

9:20

Sam:
Late double backside cork, front 10 and then a triple! Big run from Yuki there, the only Asian rider in the finals
9:20

Loads of support for the boys. Great to see.
9:20

Sam:
75.75 but a respectful bow, thanks for the show Yuki!
9:21

Duthie:
Run 2, Mark McMorris – if he lands the triple off the last run, he’ll be McLovin it.
9:21

Duthie:
And he gets it!! The icing on the cake of a quality, quality run.
9:22

He’s happy with that.
9:22

Ed:
I could feel the pain in his rib with every landing. Brave man.
9:22

Sam:
Great run from McMorris, I’d Mark him down for only spinning one way on all the rails. Huge kickers though!
9:23

Duthie:
Don’t think we’ll see the sad face this time when the score comes in… and it’s 88.75!! Silver will be the best result for Mark!
9:23

Sam:
Sage beats out Mark, the judges want to be cool!
9:23

Sam:
FIS in your face!
9:23

Duthie:
Sage is cheesing his face off right now.
9:24

Another controversial score for McMorris.
9:24

Ed:
Stop press: FIS judges going for style over spin to win?
9:24

Comment From Nims182
I need oxygen!
9:25

Sam:
Sage dropping, sketchy on the second feature but getting that holy crail back in, first run score will probably stand. Lick The Cat for the gold!
9:25

Duthie:
Outspoken, funny, creative and effin’ good – it’s a massive cliche, but Sage is the true rider’s rider.
9:25

Sam:
Can you mark Sage down for his hand drags when it’s such a part of his style?
9:25

Duthie:
Billy Morgan – Run 2. If you need us, we’ll be puking into a bucket.
9:26

Duthie:
Gutted… Billy’s run was absolutely perfect until the second last jump, but he overcooks the frontside double cork 1080 and he won’t medal.
9:27

Sam:
Gutted for Billy, that was so close to greatness
9:27

Ed:
Heart has sunk.
9:27

Ed:
It’s all about Jamie now. Come on our kid!!!!
9:27

Sam:
Getting the horns out, Billy’s still our guy
9:28

Sam:
Jamie Nicholls in bronze, can he up his score?
9:28

Still smiling. You’ve done us proud Billy.
9:29

Sam:
He scrubbed out the rails and kooked his score, only doing safety tricks on the kickers, still in 3rd though!
9:29

Jannicke

#slopestyle #ol #sochi ????
9:30

Ian S@iannlou

Both Brits bugger it up. #slopestyle :-(

Tiernan Douieb@TiernanDouieb

Amazing work from Jamie Nicholls. Really hope he qualifies. Guess it’s a slippery #slopestyle.#bbcsochi

Duthie:
That’s it for the Brits – now it’s Norway’s Gjermund Braaten, Run 2
9:30

Nick Hope@NickHopeBBC

Jamie Nicholls now relying on others not to beat his score of 85.50. He made a slight error near the beginning & eased through to the finish

Ali@alistairMUFC

Come on Jamie Nicholls #bronze #slopestyle

Sam:
Jenny Jones still has a great chance at a medal though no?
9:30

Whitelines@whitelinesmag

We’ve got Clare Balding in the house! bbcsport instagram.com/p/kJmyMgMqxm/

James Brown@Politicub

We still love you Billy Morgan @BBCSport #bbcsochi

Duthie:
Gjermund wasn’t ever one of our medal contenders, and sure enough he doesn’t land his kickers. And he has to unstrap just to get up the knuckle.
9:31

Comment From 99_WLeaford
They are some nashers Yuki!
9:31

Duthie:
That was some wheelie down the landing from Braaten.
9:32

Comment From Guest
picture this: sage gets gol
9:32

Sam:
If he does you herb it here first

Duthie:
Leaf it out Sam.
9:32

Ed:
Sage Kotsenburg seems to care less about this whole thing than a lot of the other riders, and so far it’s worked for him. #Chill
9:33

Sam:
Seb Toots on his second run, if he gets his last run bolts he might have the gold
9:33

David McMorine@DavidMcMorine

Praying @jamienichollsuk gets the bronze. #TeamGB #SlopeStyle

Ryan Graham@Ryan__Graham

Great effort from @billymorgan89 & @jamienichollsuk - did the nation proud! #slopestyle#Olympics

Sam:
Another perfect run until the last hit AGAIN, that triple just getting away from him…
9:34

Debbie Skeet@molpole

Wow – the pressure is really getting to these slopestyle riders. Fingers crossed that Jamie Nicholls’ score can hold up #Sochi2014 #tense

Ed:
That course is running faster and is just a bit softer now too – can’t really be confident on any of the landings.
9:35

Sam:
Sage still well in the lead, and loving it. Cheeky little nod there
9:35

Duthie:
Sven Thorgren, Run 2. Not that we want to see those 90s-style pants on the podium, but he may well get there.
9:35

Sam:
Sage Kot-the-gold yet you reckon?
9:35

Ed:
Has Sven just pulled this out the bag?
9:36

Christopher Tutin@ChrisTutin

If everyone else keeps stacking it, we could sneak a bronze here #slopestyle #Sochi2014

Duthie:
Holy Swedish meatballs! Bacskide 270 over the close-out with 270 off, backside 540 tap over the Russian doll, cab triple cork, and a backside 1440 to finish.
9:37

Sam:
Great rider reactions there, snowboarding definitely more fun than ski ariels
9:37

Sven Thorgren, throwing the hammers.
9:38

Ed:
That’s Jamie Nicholls out of the medals. Gutted.
9:38

Duthie:
87.50 – he nabs the bronze medal position from Jamie, but maybe he deserved an even better colour?
9:38

Sam:
Sage might just have this?! Snowboarder’s snowboarding! Parrot might just pull it out the bag at the end though…
9:39

Ed:
To all the snowboarding newbs tuning in on the Beeb: they’re basically doing the ski jump. But with tricks. RESPECT.
9:41

Comment From Nick
The NBC hacks are killing us yanks; you guys are our lifeline right now. Best of luck for Mr Nicholls, and man I wish I could’ve seen sage’s run live
9:41

Sam:
Peetu P run 2 – awesome 450 out, sw back 10 cab 12 and back 14, tucked and hucked. The judges pick up on his leg grab and penalise him, 5th place
9:41

Duthie:
Roope Tonteri, Run 2
9:41

Duthie:
His second kicker was a bit Roope, so he’s out!
9:42

Ed:
Sage Kotsenburg definitely has a medal – just Stale Sandbech and Max Parrot to go.
9:43

Sam:
Stale don’t stall it now, second run for Sandbech
9:43

Ed:
Stale. That’s Norwegian for style.
9:44

Sam:
Sick rails including an awesome back 450 out, cab 12, front 14 and a back triple 14 plus a penguin slide, that could be the winning run just there!
9:44

Ed:
Ed Leigh on Stale riding switch through the top section: “It’s like writing left handed while being attacked by seagulls wearing a chip hat.” Haha.
9:45

Whitelines HQ right now – big-ass projector just out of shot. Looks a bit like Obama’s situation room when they were taking out Bin Laden.
9:45

Simon Hollidge@OriginalTreacle

Unlucky for @TeamGBR in the slope style #Sochi A fantastic spectacle to watch though! Great talent in @billymorgan89 and Jamie Nicholls

Comment From Barry Parker
ooofft…stale… hope the judges dont sand bag him…
9:45

Comment From fistyle
if sage gets gold in this thing today might actually be the end of the mute grabs craze!!
9:45

P-p-p-p-p-p pick up a penguin!
9:46

Sam:
Stale only gets second! Both he and Sage have medals now, only the parrot can knock Sage off his perch!
9:46

Duthie:
Now it’s Max Parrot, Run 2. This Canuck is the only guy who can rob Sage Kotsenburg of the gold. It’s USA vs Canada, creativity vs tech…
9:46

Ed:
Penguin. To be followed by Parrot.
9:47

Duthie:
Oh dear God – how do you call this?! Parrot gets his run, cuts out the cab triple cork (which the judges weren’t rating) and stomped a triple backside 1620 to finish!
9:48

Duthie:
Our money’s on Sage…
9:48

There’s nothing more Max can do. It’s up to the judges…
9:48

Sam:
If Sage wins will the FIS give snowboarding to Lick the Cat?
9:48

Ed:
This. Is. Tense.
9:48

Duthie:
Judges are taking their time……..
9:49

toddrichards@btoddrichards

Omg omg !!! I’m bawling

Duthie:
Sage is our winner, whatever happens
9:50

Duthie:
5th for Parrot – not even a medal!!
9:50

Sam:
SAGE WINS A GOLD MEDAL! DOUBLE GRABS BETTER THAN TRIPLES!
9:50

Duthie:
Other than a Brit victory, the is the best result we could have hoped for I reckon. Style for miles wins out on the day.
9:50

Sam:
Rider’s rider wins the first gold of the games, is snowboarding saved?
9:51

Sam:
Even Terje has to admit this is a good result for snowboarding
9:51

Duthie:
Jamie 6th, Billy 10th.
9:51

Sage Kotsenburg: The saviour of snowboarding.
9:52

Duthie:
Both British riders did amazingly well, and should be stoked.
9:52

Duthie:
But it’s Sage’s day! Spoice is noice!
9:52

Duthie:
Jamie and Billy are all smiles on the BBC right now.
9:54

Ed:
My heart is swelling with pride for Jamie and Billy as they’re interviewed on the BBC. And I’m so stoked Sage won if it wasn’t to be them – a creative stylemonger and a down to earth dude to boot.
9:54

Duthie:
Hazel Irvine apologising for anyone offended by what Billy said in the interview – eh? What did he say? did she mis-hear him when he said “I thought I’d just huck it”?
9:55

Wightbuoy@wightbuoy

Liking interview with Billy Morgan, “Fxxx it” let’s go for it #Soch2014

Allyse@AllyseButler

Proof of the #slopestyle knitter. #notthetimebro #Sochi2014 pic.twitter.com/st3bIoqYYh

Jack Genney.@JackGenney19

“I knew I had to go big or go home so I thought ahhh fuck it” haha?? Billy Morgan is now my favourite snowboarder ever???

Steven Sutcliffe@sut69

Loving the slopestyle final, great effort from Billy Morgan and Jamie Nicholls! #slopestyle #sochi

PlayerLayer@PlayerLayer

Well done @jamienichollsuk #Snowboard #Slopestyle #sochi pic.twitter.com/7umz51Rixn

Duthie:
Sam making a good point about Max Parrot – he’s got such a big back of tricks. More than any other rider, he was mixing up his runs and tricks. He didn’t just rinse one routine until he had it dialled. Got to be respected for that.
9:56

Jere Aalto@aalto_jere

Justice has been done. Gongratulations @sagekotsenburg for winning Olympic gold ! #Sochi#slopestyle

Peter Mel@peter_mel Retweeted by toddrichards

Congratulations @sagekotsenburg Olympic Gold slope style. Dream come true. @btoddrichards@SalMasekela

Matt Rhodes@mattrhodes

Puts it in perspective: “@OlympicStatman: #Sochi2014 #TeamGB Jamie Nicholls 6th equals 2nd best GB result on snow in Olympic history.”

Comment From A brazilian
What will Ethan Morgan say about this?
10:00

Comment From Nims182
He said it “huck it” not fuck it
10:00

Duthie:
That’s what we thought too.

Those results in full…
10:03

Richard Sains@richardsains

@BBCSport why did hazel apologise for Billy Morgan saying huck it?urbandictionary.com/define.php?ter…

The kids at Garthdee in Aberdeen enjoying the live feet from the slope’s hut.
10:04

And 7th to 12th…
10:05

Mary Hynes@marychynes

@marychynes: epic start to a sunny Saturday morning #Slopestyle Final #emotional #inspiring#proud @billymorgan89 @jamienichollsuk

o@Onyxxtorque

@TorsteinHorgmo still the best #slopestyle rider fuck the Olympics

Iain Mc@WhyAyeMac

No medals. :-( But an amazing effort from Jamie and Billy in the first event. Massive congrats guys.#Sochi2014 #snowboard #slopestyle

whitelinesmag

@billymorgan89 getting mobbed by Russian fans – they love him! #backthebrits
10:08

Felicity Corrigan@f_corrigan

Love watching my 3yr old standing on a cushion pretending to do #slopestyle #TeamGB

toddrichards@btoddrichards

I will save this historic text to my good homey for the rest of my life. sagekotsenburg…instagram.com/p/kJq0XFlMiM/

toddrichards@btoddrichards

This guy!!!! sagekotsenburg lickthecat congratulations my man. So proud of you. A real peoples…instagram.com/p/kJp3FDFMhr/

toddrichards@btoddrichards

There is going to be a guy in Sochi tonight that has completely run out of fkcs.

Group Y@GroupY

Men’s #Slopestyle Gold / Silver / Bronze Winners (Photo) @sagekotsenburg @stalesandbech@markmcmorris pic.twitter.com/HZpFTLJObc

Ed:
I’m reminded of Team GB Coach Hamish McKnight’s words a couple of days ago: “They just want everyone to know how much it’s going to come down to whose day it is on the day. These comps are never a measure of who the best rider is, really. Anything could happen. You could fall twice and come dead last, you wouldn’t be any worse a snowboarder.”
Read more at http://whitelines.com/features/interviews/team-gb-coach-hamish-mcknight-on-sochi-so-far.html#hS3H5feQ4YIf6Pkw.99
10:19

Ed:
With that in mind, Jamie Nicholls , Billy Morgan and Max Parrot all had more in the bag but it was Sage’s day.
10:20

Duthie:
‘Huck-gate’ still seems to be trucking on – looks like Billy’s interview has been cut from the feed, as we can’t find it on playback. Pretty sure there’ll be a communication going around the rest of Team GB right now, telling them not to say ‘huck’ just in case.
10:21

Duthie:
Also likely to be blacklisted – suck, buck, tuck, and luck.
10:21

Jamie Nicholls@jamienichollsuk

I just came 6th place at the #Olympics OMG!!!!!! #Sochi2014

Duthie:
Andy Murray showing some support for Billy and Jamie on Twitter!
10:23

Jamie Nicholls@jamienichollsuk

@andy_murray dude it was insane! Thanks so much man for the support. ??

Ed:
Jamie can now count Andy Murray amongst his fans.

Ädãm Ç?ârk?@AdamClarke501 Retweeted by TIM WARWOOD

The BBC should seriously consider hiring @SnowEdLeigh & @Tim_Warwood for all high brow events. Coronations, royal weddings etc. #Sochi2014

James@wolverine_jb

well done jamie nicholls, 6th is good against the best in the world #TeamGB2014

Duthie:
The Twittersphere still blowing up about the slopestyle…
10:30

Duthie:
It’s all over for Olympic men’s slopestyle though. Wonder if it’s sunk in for the riders yet. Everything’s been leading up to today for such a long time.
10:32

Duthie:
And what happens to FIS events next year? Will any of the main players bother with them?
10:33

Peggy?DreDreamer@pgvolley

@sagekotsenburg Whoa… You Won the Gold!!! CONGRATS!! #Sochi2014 #slopestyle #TeamUSA?? pic.twitter.com/Zy5QsGRHCo

Dom Harington@DomHarington

@jamienichollsuk and @billymorgan89 absolute bosses, so stoked we had two Brits in the olympic final, that was intense!

Gobinder Gill@klinsmann01

Jamie Nicholls take a bow #WinterOlympics #Snowboarding

Duthie:
We’re still gasbagging about the judging – definitely surprised us, and not in a bad way.
10:35

FollowMeJustin[]@Shristi_KC

since when did I get so interested in snowboarding ? #slopestyle

Ben Kilner@benkilner

Great Britain are proud @billymorgan89 and @jamienichollsuk!

Duthie:
Got to be inspiring for the remaining British riders. Jenny Jones and Aimee Fuller tomorrow morning, then Ben and Dom Harington in the pipe on Tuesday.

Bethan Heaton@BethanMayLDN

Billy Morgan – ‘Go big or go home. Huck it!’ You rock!

10:42

Wayne Hiden

Awesome photo showing that even though they represent their own countries, we’re still one big family. That’s how we do it in snowboarding!
10:42

Comment From A brazilian
Bring on the weird grabs for the girl’s finals! yay!
10:43

Duthie:
Read our full report on the men’s slopestyle final here:whitelin.es/SageKotzenburgWinsOlympicSlopestyle
10:55

Duthie:
Back on the phone to Sochi – surprise surprise, the judging is the main topic of conversation.
10:56

Duthie:
Billy can say that he beat the Olympic champ in the semi finals – and of course Jamie didn’t even have to bother with the semis!
10:58

Rob Chapman@chaps999

Unlucky billy morgan you did good!!

billy morgan@billymorgan89

So happy with today. Getting through was crazy. Wanted to do the best run I could and did my best. Hope I made the GB proud @TeamGB

Duthie:
“It was the highest standard I’ve ever seen” – Jamie Nicholls’ verdict on the slopestyle finals.
11:01

Comment From fistyle
this is it – spin to win is dead (at least in the lympics)
11:11

Sherlocked@CumberPaws

Jamie Nicholls is fantastic :) #teamGB

toddrichards@btoddrichards

Just a dude from @ParkCityResort riding alone on a chairlift at 9am…who would have known at 2pm he… instagram.com/p/kJyoq_FMo5/

Aimee Fuller@aimee_fuller

@sagekotsenburg could anyone better have won the Olympics. What a boss. YEAh Sage!!! Haha

Aimee Fuller@aimee_fuller

Our boys have done US proud! Good work @billymorgan89 @jamienichollsuk so exciting to watch you in the first Olympic slope finals! #oneteam

billy morgan@billymorgan89

@andy_murray thanks so much for the support! Means allot to have it from such a boss!

billy morgan@billymorgan89

So happy with today. Getting through was crazy. Wanted to do the best run I could and did my best. Hope I made the GB proud @TeamGB

billy morgan@billymorgan89

Pumped for @sagekotsenburg the gold couldn’t have gone to a better human being! #rideordie

Ed:
And on that note, I think it’s time we wrapped up this live blog. You can read the report through the link below, and we’ll be keeping up with the reaction from the riders, industry and of course your good selves on a fresh post. Now for the women’s tomorrow. Phew! Not sure the old ticker can handle it. http://whitelines.com/news/snowboard-events/sochi-2014-sage-kotsenburg-wins-mens-slopestyle.html

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