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US’ Jamie Anderson wins gold in women’s snowboard slopestyle


Jamie Anderson is two-for-two.


The 27-year-old snowboarder defended her Olympic gold medal in women’s snowboard slopestyle Sunday, giving the U.S. its second gold medal at the Pyeogchang Winter Games.


Anderson won the contest yet again, four years after earning gold in women’s snowboard slopestyle in the 2014 Sochi Games, the first time the event was included in the Winter Olympics.


Anderson earned gold with a score of 83.00 in her first run, giving the U.S. its second gold medal in as many days.


Canada’s Laurie Blouin took silver with a score of 76.33, while Finland’s Enni Rukajarvi took bronze with a score of 75.38.

Jamie Anderson won gold women’s snowboard slopestyle Sunday.

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The U.S. also won gold in the men’s slopestyle event after 17-year-old Red Gerard took gold with a first-place score of 87.16.


Anderson is the first woman to win multiple gold medals in women’s snowboarding at the Olympics.


Prior to making her Olympic debut in Sochi, Anderson dominated the women’s slopestyle event at the Winter X Games. The South Lake Tahoe native has won 12 X Games medals, including five gold.


The conditions at Phoenix Snow Park were less than ideal, as wind wreaked havoc on the competition, causing many riders to crash and turning the event into a mere battle for survival. Only five of the 25 riders were able to successfully land a clean set during the first run. Anderson, herself, later washed out in her second run, but her first-run score of 83.00 was able to hold up.

Jamie Anderson.

Jamie Anderson.

(ISSEI KATO/REUTERS)


Only six riders were able to finish with a final score above 70.00, and those who were able to navigate their jumps and rails safely, did so by avoiding the typical risky tricks and settle for a more safe routine.


The women’s slopestyle event was originally scheduled for Saturday before being postponed due to high winds.


Officials pushed back Sunday’s start due to weather concerns, and while the wind eventually calmed enough for the event to start following a 75-minute delay, the tricky Phoenix Snow Park course was at times an unpredictable wind tunnel that turned what was supposed to be a showcase for a sport making only its second Olympic appearance into something else entirely.


Sarka Pancochova of the Czech Republic set the tone when she led off by bailing at the top of the first of the three big air jumps at the bottom of the course, literally turning around as if to say “no thanks” before simply sliding down the hill. The majority of the rest of the field was not so fortunate.

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