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Local teen makes big impact on the Olympics


A local teen has made a big impact on the current winter Olympics.  She named the "Holy Crail."  That's a new snowboarding move that helped earn America its first gold medal this year. 

Ally Berry, the teen who named the move, and Sage Kotsenburg, the snowboarder who landed the move, have never met.  But now, they have a gold winning connection.

"I was so stoked. I was jumping up and down, dancing. I was like, yes! The holy crail, yes!"  That's how Ally Berry felt watching snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg land the holy crail to win the first gold medal of the Sochi Winter Olympics.  "I was really amazed that he landed it and threw in another spin," said Berry.

But her excitement wasn't just because he landed the new move. It was because she named that move.  It all started about two months ago on Facebook.  Berry said, "He threw out a message saying, 'Help me name this cool trick that I landed.'"

Berry responded to the message, her inspiration coming from the song "Holy Grail."  Berry said, "I was listening to Jay-Z at the time and decided to come up with the name Holy Crail.  It stuck, and he liked it."

Berry, who is a snowboarder herself and a huge fan of Kostenburg's, was - to put it in snowboarding lingo - stoked. "I was absolutely blown. My mind was just completely blown," said Berry.

And it only got better when Berry watched Kotsenburg win the Gold using the Holy Crail.  "Absolutely crazy night. Stayed up all night to watch him, and then when he landed that trick, I was just screaming," said Berry.

So what is the Holy Crail?  Berry explained it. "What you're gonna do is you're gonna take your right hand, and you're gonna stretch your body all the way to the back part of your binding. and then the Japan is the opposite way all the way down to the back of your binding."

Basically, you become a human pretzel while spinning four and half times in the air.

And now thanks to Kotsenburg landing it and Berry naming it, snowboarders all over the world will be trying it.  "Hopefully we could see local guys trying it that'd be kinda cool," said Berry.

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