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Winter Olympics: USA's Jamie Anderson Wins Gold In Snowboard Slopestyle

15 February 2018

No rider was able to land her biggest tricks, but Anderson decided quickly that wasn't the goal of the day. Much of the field struggled mightily against the elements, but Anderson managed to record an 83 on her first run to take the lead, and that score held up. Not on a day when blowing snow at times obscured the course from the few thousand fans jammed around the finish.

Windy conditions in Pyeongchang have forced the postponement of events at other venues as well, including the women's giant slalom and men's downhill. I think today was a matter of luck and the strong riders definitely showed.

"From my point of view I think it was not a good show for women's snowboarding".

Meanwhile, Anderson realized she'd maintained her spot the second she spotted her dad and boyfriend in the crowd. She washed out in her second run with the gold already wrapped up.

Anderson has bounced back from several injuries since her win in Sochi, including a broken elbow she suffered previous year.

Rukajärvi, whose bronze medal followed her silver from the Sochi Games, joined the chorus of critics who believed the final should have been postponed. "She stopped the rotation". "The wind speed is five-10 metres per second and it is making competitions very hard".

The 27-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, California, would've been favored to win under any conditions. With a new, even more sequined costume, 28-year-old Rippon got on the ice for his Olympic debut and told himself, "Baby, you better keep it together".

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Anderson speaks those words so frequently, they might as well be emblazoned next to the sponsor logos that typically adorn her helmet. "I wanted to do a backside rodeo 540, a cab 900 and a frontside 10", she said.

American Hailey Langland, who placed sixth, agreed with FIS's decision to not cancel the event.

"That was a little sketchy, eh?" she told her boyfriend of almost three years.

The 27-year-old added: "The weather was bad and too unsafe and I got a lot of wind in my run, so that was bad, too". I knew there was wind, obviously, but who knows when there's not going to be wind. "She's a boss", Nicholson said. What's the first thing you did afterward?

Even Anderson - the sport's biggest gamer and its No. 1 big-day rider - conceded, "I'm not extremely proud of my run".

Anderson didn't need a second run.

She had a victory lap ahead of her.

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Anderson vaulted into first place with her first run and then waited an hour, as 24 other snowboarders tried to outdo her.

Weather at the Winter Olympics was so bad on Monday that the women's slopestyle gold medal event should have been cancelled, according to bronze medalist Enni Rukajarvi.

But those weren't the women pushing jump progression who put fear into Anderson in the last two years. We can actually get super hurt.

Prior to Anderson's victory, teenage sensation Redmond Gerard of United States won the men's counterpart on Sunday, becoming the first medalist at the Olympic Winter Games born after January 1, 2000. Gasser was 15th on Monday.

"The conditions changed a ton from first to second run", said Anderson. "It's really lucrative, so my mom wanted to do it as a retirement plan". "There is plenty of time to get all the competition in". She said in December that she had only landed it five or six times.

But Anderson was feeling it Monday morning. Her arms started helicoptering. Jamie credits yoga with helping her be a better snowboarder. She danced to "Get Low" and "MotorSport" while wearing an astronaut helmet. "I was one of the girls that's like, let's do this". Coverage will be on NBC and its sister channels. She went bottom down into the snow. What do you hope you have taught them about competing on the Olympic stage? She broke her collarbone in December 2015. "This was a challenging day, but Jamie accepted that this was what was happening, kept her head in the game and put one down". Then lost it again. She won gold at the singles event in Sochi and will look to replicate her performance in Pyeongchang. She could have walked down the slope and still won. The wind is no joke.

And Anderson's Olympics aren't over yet.

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"The progression has been insane and this course is really nice". Just hot water, steam, sauna.

Winter Olympics: USA's Jamie Anderson Wins Gold In Snowboard Slopestyle