Jamie Anderson golden in Sochi
February 12, 2014
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Feb. 9) – Jamie Anderson (S. Lake Tahoe, Calif.) cleaned up her second run to earn the first-ever women’s slopestyle snowboarding gold medal Sunday at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Her smooth style during her final run secured her the gold with a score of 95.25, putting her on top of the podium ahead of Finland’s Enni Rukajarvi and Great Britain’s Jenny Jones, who took silver and bronze respectively.
"I don’t know how it happened," Anderson said. "I was so impressed with all the girls’ riding. I really was just trying to focus on the run I chose to do, really visualizing that, and seeing it to the end, and knowing that I was going to land everything perfect, and try to do it with as much style as possible. The rest was out of my hands. I just wanted to do what I was capable of doing."
Team USA’s Karly Shorr (Milford, Mich.) rode into sixth in the women’s final, while Ty Walker (Stowe, Vt.) and Jessika Jenson (Rigby, Idaho) finished 13th and 14th respectively, just missing the cut for the 12-person final.