Sky Sports News reporter Geraint Hughes reports from Sochi and the efforts of British snowboarders and all-round cool dudes Jamie Nicholls and Billy Morgan...
"A medal for Team GB on the first proper day of competition - surely not?
Well the SSN team here in Sochi felt something might happen, so we left our apartment down by the coast not far from the main Olympic park and headed to the snow and mountains where all the Alpine events at Sochi 2014 are being held.
There were great hopes for two Brits in snowboard Slopestyle, a new event in the Olympics, but a feature at the X Games.
Jamie Nicholls and Billy Morgan were leading the charge and Nicholls, who impressed in qualifying for the final got us all overexcited after his first run which put him in silver medal position.
Now Slopestyle isn't a wholly new concept to me - I snowboard. Badly yes, but I love it. I've been doing it badly for years. I've broken fingers, dislocated a shoulder, whacked my head trying to do what amounts to lifting myself about an inch off the snow. These guys rock. As I was walking down the side of the course I caught the glimpse of Canadian Mark McMorris fly through the air. I muttered an expletive to myself, he went miles!
Air traffic control would have picked him up on radar he was so high. The crowd, which wasn't bad, was making a lot of noise. It was a shame I couldn't have stayed longer, but by now Jamie Nicholls had unfortunately made an error on his second run and others were pushing down.
Silver went, bronze went and he finished sixth - amazing considering it's his first Olympics. He finished 14th at last year's world championships and is just 20.
The gold medallist was American Sage Kotsenburg. He looked far too cool for school to be real. Even his name is cool, far cooler than mine and yours probably! He was a serious dude. However hard I try I could never be that cool. "Why?" I hear the cry! Apart from age, looks, ability etc all I want right now is a nice cup of tea..."