WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wearing a suit for what he said is the first time in his life, snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg walked off with honors for top male athlete at the U.S. Olympic Committee's inaugural Best of U.S. Awards.
The USOC is handing out trophies in 10 categories Wednesday night for the country's best performers at the Sochi Olympics and Paralympics, as voted on by fans.
Kotsenburg won the first gold medal at the Olympics in February, in men's snowboard slopestyle, and so perhaps it was appropriate that he was the first winner Wednesday.
Other early awards went to luger Erin Hamlin for best female Olympian, Alpine skier Stephanie Jallen for best female Paralympian, and Alpine skier Mark Bathum for best male Paralympian.
The awards show will air on NBCSN next Monday.
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