Olympic Outlook: Most riders tend to grab between their bindings on their hardest tricks, but Sage has a unique style and set of grabs that he mixes to create combos like his backside 1080 double cork nose to tail grab and Cab 1260 double cork japan. He’s also got a secret weapon, which he hasn’t totally perfected yet—the Cab 1260 Holy Crail where he does a crossrocket/japan mashup that would make the most seasoned yogi jealous. That’s why he’s one of the most entertaining riders to watch, but with nicknames like Second Place Sage and Second Run Sage, he doesn’t always land.
Potential Downfall: The same unusual tweaks and grabs that make him a strong competitor are also part of why he’s inconsistent. Adding a japan or Holy Crail to a double cork makes him stand out from the pack because the grabs are so much harder, but so far the problem has been landing those next-level tweaks on queue.