Jamie Anderson is two-for-two.
The 27-year-old snowboarder defended her Olympic gold medal in ladies’s snowboard slopestyle Sunday, giving the U.S. its second gold medal on the Pyeogchang Winter Video games.
Anderson gained the competition but once more, 4 years after incomes gold in ladies’s snowboard slopestyle within the 2014 Sochi Video games, the primary time the occasion was included within the Winter Olympics.
Anderson earned gold with a rating 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 rating of 76.33, whereas Finland’s Enni Rukajarvi took bronze with a rating of 75.38.
The U.S. additionally gained gold within the males’s slopestyle occasion after 17-year-old Pink Gerard took gold with a first-place rating of 87.16.
Anderson is the primary lady to win a number of gold medals in ladies’s snowboarding on the Olympics.
Prior to creating her Olympic debut in Sochi, Anderson dominated the ladies’s slopestyle occasion on the Winter X Video games. The South Lake Tahoe native has gained 12 X Video games medals, together with 5 gold.
The circumstances at Phoenix Snow Park had been lower than perfect, as wind wreaked havoc on the competitors, inflicting many riders to crash and turning the occasion right into a mere battle for survival. Solely 5 of the 25 riders had been in a position to efficiently land a clear set through the first run. Anderson, herself, later washed out in her second run, however her first-run rating of 83.00 was in a position to maintain up.
Solely six riders had been in a position to end with a ultimate rating above 70.00, and people who had been in a position to navigate their jumps and rails safely, did so by avoiding the everyday dangerous methods and accept a extra protected routine.
The ladies’s slopestyle occasion was initially scheduled for Saturday earlier than being postponed on account of excessive winds.
Officers pushed again Sunday’s begin on account of climate issues, and whereas the wind finally calmed sufficient for the occasion to begin following a 75-minute delay, the tough Phoenix Snow Park course was at instances an unpredictable wind tunnel that turned what was presupposed to be a showcase for a sport making solely its second Olympic look into one thing else completely.
Sarka Pancochova of the Czech Republic set the tone when she led off by bailing on the prime of the primary of the three massive air jumps on the backside of the course, actually turning round as if to say “no thanks” earlier than merely sliding down the hill. The vast majority of the remainder of the sector was not so lucky.