Olympic results: Women’s snowboard slopestyle final
American snowboarder Jamie Anderson won gold in women’s snowboard slopestyle Monday at the PyeongChang Olympics.
It was the second straight Olympic gold in the event for Anderson, a 27-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, California, who also won four years ago in Sochi.
Laurie Blouin of Canada won silver, with Enni Rukajarvi of Finland taking bronze.
Jessika Jenson, a 26-year-old from Idaho Falls, Idaho, finished fifth, with Hailey Langland, a 17-year-old Southern California native, in sixth place.
Julia Marino, a 20-year-old from Westport, Connecticut, finished in 11th place.
The event was transformed into a two-run final after Sunday’s qualification runs were canceled due to high winds.
Instead, all 26 snowboarders took part in two runs at Phoenix Snow Park, with the best score counting. And even that final was pushed back more than an hour due to the weather conditions.
Anderson led all competitors after the first run with a score of 83.00, followed by Silje Norendal of Norway at 73.91 and American Jessika Jenson with a 72.26.
Jenson followed that up with a second run scored at 41.11 and was knocked out of medal contention after Blouin’s second run.
But nobody could catch Anderson the rest of the way. After Marino, the last rider of the event except for Anderson, failed to move to the top of the standings on her second run, Anderson’s victory was secured.
Anderson also won slopestyle gold last month at the X Games, making her a five-time X Games gold medalist in the event. She’s also topped the World Cup slopestyle rankings the past two seasons and sits third in the current season’s standings.
While Anderson and Jenson are competing in their second Olympics, with Jenson finishing 13th in slopestyle four years ago in Sochi, Langland and Marino are Olympic rookies.
Marino, who finished second behind Anderson in last year’s World Cup slopestyle standings, beat Anderson for slopestyle gold in her X Games debut last year and was second behind Anderson at this year’s X Games. Langland finished fourth behind her two teammates at the 2017 X Games.