Sage Kotsenburg, the first Olympic snowboard slopestyle champion, said he is leaning toward trying to defend his title at the 2018 Winter Games, but it might be too early to discuss, according to Snowboarder Magazine.
“If you asked me every week since February, 2014, I’d probably go back and forth, and maybe it’s still a little early to talk about, but in some aspects I would love to go back, and in others, I kinda don’t want that to be a part of my life,” Kotsenburg said, according to the magazine. “But, I’ve been thinking recently that going back weighs a little heavier in favor than not going back. Not that there are a ton of negatives to going there. I mean, you’re going to the Olympics. It’s a pretty awesome experience, but it is kinda crazy in terms of how you get there. Right now though, I would be stoked to go back.”
Kotsenburg, 22, struggled at the Winter X Games since his Sochi breakout. He has finished fifth and 10th in slopestyle and seventh in big air, similar to his X Games results before his surprise Olympic title.
Kotsenburg is coming off suffering a concussion at Fenway Park in a big air event in February.
Big air makes its Olympic debut in 2018. Kotsenburg has said he prefers slopestyle to big air and repeated that in the Snowboarder Magazine interview.
“I would definitely rather do slopestyle,” he said. “I wanna hit some more park jumps in the next year-and-a-half, and if I’m feeling good, I’ll try to go back [to the Olympics] for slopestyle. I definitely have to learn some new tricks for big air, but it would be sick to go back for both. I’m up in the air, but it would be cool to go back for both.”Follow @nzaccardi