SOCHI SCENE: Bubbly Bach

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 8, 2014 at 1:34 pm •  Published: February 8, 2014
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Talk about a generation gap.

The 60-year-old head of the IOC caught up Saturday night with the Olympic snowboard medalists — including one with his long hair standing straight up in gravity-defying fashion.

"Cool guys," IOC President Thomas Bach said after meeting the trio at the slopestyle medal presentation, where they celebrated in effusive fashion.

"They are waiting now for the party to begin after they have the medal. Of course, when you win a medal, you always enjoy," he said. "That's the modern generation, that's fine."

Sage Kotsenburg , a 20-year-old American, won the first gold of the games in slopestyle's Olympic debut. Staale Sandbech of Norway — with the wild hairdo — took the silver and Mark McMorris of Canada got bronze.

Slopestyle features huge jumps, flips and tricks. It's the type of sport the IOC hopes can attract younger fans and viewers.

"It looks very spectacular," said Bach, who had hoped to watch the event live but didn't get there in time after going to the women's 15-kilometer cross-country skiathlon.

On the other end of the generation spectrum, Bach was bowled over by 40-year-old Ole Einar Bjoerndalen's victory in the men's 10K cross-country race.

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