Jamie Anderson Repeats, Winning Olympic Gold In Slopestyle

Jamie Anderson Repeats, Winning Olympic Gold In Slopestyle”

Jamie Anderson defended her title in Olympic women's slopestyle snowboarding on Monday, surviving blustery and treacherous conditions at Phoenix Snow Park to give the United States its second gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Laurie Blouin of Canada took silver, with Finland's Enni Rukajarvi finishing third.

Anderson's gold marks Team USA's second gold medal of PyeongChang 2018 after snowboarder Red Gerard won gold over the weekend.

While Anderson prevailing was a familiar sight, the competition took on an unusual feel since the entire field that was set for qualifying battled in a two-run final.

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.

The qualifying round for the women's slopestyle discipline, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, was cancelled due to high winds.

There was a particularly scary moment when Slovakia's Klaudia Medlova landed flat on her back after missing a grab during her first run but she did complete her second and finished 24th. Norendal didn't improve on her second run, which only helped Anderson's chances at securing the gold.

Only five of the 25 riders who attempted a run made it down the slope without a fall.

Many riders delayed the start of their second runs on the top of the hill, waiting to time it between the gusts of wind.

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