Winter Olympics: Jamie Anderson wins gold again in snowboard slopestyle
The 27-year-old American has won back-to-back gold in the event
Team USA's Jamie Anderson successfully defended her gold medal in women's snowboard slopestyle on Sunday in Pyeongchang. The 27-year-old native of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., won four years ago in the debut of the event in Sochi, and she doubled down on Sunday in South Korea.
Anderson put together a tremendous run to close out the first round, scoring an outstanding 83.00 in her initial trip down the slope and jumping to the top of the standings. She was lights out in the rails section, then went 540 on her second-to-last hit before closing out with a 720 off the last jump.
That impressive run helped Anderson make a little bit of Olympic history, as she became the first woman to win multiple Olympic gold medals in snowboarding.
The event was delayed for over an hour thanks to some harsh winds, and the elements seemed to affect the riders a bit throughout the competition.
After Anderson's impressive run to finish out the first round, a majority of the riders had a tough time being aggressive on the course due to the bursts of aggressive wind gusts. A number of competitors took spills or bailed on their attempts, helping Anderson hold onto that top spot.
Finishing behind Anderson was Laurie Blouin of Canada and Finland's Enni Rukajarvi, earning silver and bronze, respectively.
Anderson's teammates Jessika Jenson and 17-year-old Hailey Langland finished just outside of the top three.
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