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Kotsenburg decided to unveil a trick just moments before his run. The move was so new that it didn’t have a name. Now it’s known as the Holy Crail. Appropriately for this new wave of sports, it got its name from a contest on Facebook.

David Wise won the debut of the men’s freestyle ski halfpipe event, and American men swept the medal podium for only the third time in Winter Olympics history with slopestyle skiing. Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper went 1-2-3 in the event’s Olympic debut.

Maddie Bowman added a gold medal in halfpipe skiing.

Although the snowboard halfpipe event has been around since 1998, it still falls into the world of action sports in the Olympics.

Kaitlyn Farrington won a gold medal for the United States in the snowboard halfpipe and shared the podium with fellow American Kelly Clark, who earned the bronze medal. For Clark, it was her third snowboarding medal in the Olympics, having won the gold in 2002 and a bronze in 2010.

Entering the Winter Games, there was a lot of discussion about how the U.S. skiers would fare, especially with the absence of Lindsey Vonn, who was sidelined with a knee injury.

The Americans fared well on the slopes as Ted Ligety and Mikaela Shiffrin won gold medals and Bode Miller earned a bronze.

Julia Mancuso, who entered the Sochi Olympics with a gold and two silvers, added a bronze medal to her collection in the women’s super combined.

Shiffrin was the reigning world slalom champion coming into Sochi, but at 18, she was just starting to garner a media following. Her victory in Sochi, which made her the youngest slalom champion in the Olympics in 30 years, should change that.

“I always dream of the best-case scenario and accept it if it doesn’t happen, but I’m really glad that it did today,” Shiffrin told reporters after her victory. “I’ve just got to keep going.

“It’s an amazing feeling to win an Olympic gold. It’s going to be something that I chalk up as one of my favorite experiences for the rest of my life, but my life is not over yet.”

Bobsled made some news as Lauryn Williams made a transition from the Summer Games to the Winter Games and won a silver medal with partner Elana Meyers, a former George Washington University softball player.

The two came within 0.10 of a second of beating a team from Canada for the gold medal. Williams was overshadowed in the run-up to Sochi by another track Olympian turned bobsledder, Lolo Jones, but ended up as the one leaving Sochi with a medal.

Jamie Greubel and Aja Evans finished right behind Meyers-Williams with a bronze medal. Also at bobsled, Steven Holcomb and Steve Langton fought for a bronze medal in an emotional performance in which Holcomb battled a calf injury but managed to medal. Holcomb, who piloted Team USA to its first gold medal in 62 years at the 2010 Olympics in the four-man, added a bronze medal Sunday.

In skeleton, Noelle Pikus-Pace came out of retirement and battled back from injuries to win a silver medal, and Matt Antoine took a bronze.

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