Ståle Sandbech goes big with mohawk at medal ceremony

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Left: Ståle Sandbech (NOR) reacts after his first run in slopestyle. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images.Right: Sandbech with his mohawk hairstyle at the medal ceremony; photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

What does one do after earning a spot on the podium in slopestyle at the Winter Olympics?

If you are Norway’s Ståle Sandbech, you celebrate by turning your flowing locks of hair into an incredibly large mohawk.

Sandbech, who won bronze medals at X Games Aspen 2014 last month for slopestyle and big air, was awarded the silver Olympic medal at the medal ceremony Saturday night in Sochi.

Unofficially, he was awarded a gold medal for big hair.

“Best hair on an Olympic medal podium yet!” tweeted Donald P. Spellman.

“The boy got the silver for slopestyle but the GOLD for hairstyle!!” Karen Llindseth tweeted.

In another tweet, ESPN Snowboarding helped explain the transformation between the end of the competition Saturday afternoon and the medal ceremony Saturday night, as shown in the photos at top: “What’s w/ the long hair, we asked @stalesandbech at X. ‘If I win at the Olympics, it’ll be a mohawk’ he replied.”

Well, he didn’t win, but he came close.

On his second and last run, the 20-year-old scored a 91.75, which catapulted him from 11th into the silver-medal spot. And at the end of that run, he did this:

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Ståle Sandbech of Norway at the end of his silver-medal-winning run in slopestyle; photo by Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

No, he didn’t fall; he celebrated by taking a swan dive into the snow. Sandbech has a funny way of celebrating. He also tried eating his silver medal.

eating medal...on his facebook page... today was amazing!! stoked to share the podium with 2 good friends
Ståle Sandbech bites the silver medal he won in slopestyle. Photo from Sandbech’s Facebook page.


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