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Winter Olympics: Kotsenburg, Pikus-Pace get Best of U.S. honors
First Published Apr 02 2014 07:54 pm • Last Updated Apr 02 2014 10:08 pm

Park City snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg and skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace of Eagle Mountain received awards for their 2014 Olympic performances during the inaugural Best of U.S. awards, staged Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

The event was taped for an NBC Sports Network show, to be aired Monday at 5 p.m.

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Kotsenburg was voted the Best Male Olympian and Pikus-Pace was honored for the Best Olympic Moment. The U.S. Olympic Committee selected the finalists for the Olympics and Paralympics and the winners were determined by fan voting.

Kotsenburg won the first gold medal awarded in the Sochi Games, claiming the first snowboard slopestyle competition in Olympic history. He was voted ahead of three skiers with Utah ties: Ted Ligety, Joss Christensen and David Wise.

Pikus-Pace earned the silver medal in the women’s skeleton event and staged a memorable celebration, climbing into the stands to join her husband, two children and other relatives. Other winners for the Olympics included luge athlete Erin Hamlin and ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White. In the Paralympics, skier Stephanie Jallen received two awards, while skier Mark Bathum and the men’s sled hockey team also were honored.

The athletes who reunited in Washington are scheduled to visit the White House on Thursday.

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