Lake Tahoe's Jamie Anderson Wins Second Slopestyle Gold Amid Controversy
14 Febrero 2018, 10:35 | Gervasio Siguenza
Jamie Anderson Wins Gold Medal for Snowboarding Slopestyle at Olympics 2018
Jamie Anderson gifted United States its second gold medal in snowboard of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, as she defended her title in a delayed women's slopestyle final Monday.
She blamed the wind for the crash, writing on Instagram: "Well Olympics came to a screeching halt today for me... got picked up in the wind on the bottom jump in practice and my ACL was not a big fan!" "So when I saw a lot of girls doing more doubles and 10s, it just instead of discouraging me, I made a decision to let it light my heart on fire too and try to follow their lead". "They should have cancelled it, or moved it".
"It was for sure not what I wanted, not what I expected, not what I dreamed of for my Olympic final", said the 26-year-old, who was unhurt in the fall.
The 27-year-old snowboarder earned a gold medal in the women's snowboard slopestyle and this is not the first time she received grabbed gold. She is in fifth place after the first two runs and will race for a place on the podium on Tuesday.
The conditions favored Anderson, a Californian who has been snowboarding for almost two decades, who four times has won slopestyle gold medals in the X Games, who fashions herself as somebody who can find peace in any circumstances. On the day, only five other riders were able to break 70. "It's not like what we're doing is safe, anyhow". It's standard to have a 900, and the top riders are landing 1080s and double corks - inverted tricks with flips and spins that are moving them much closer to where the men are.
Her score of 34.56 points was inconsequential.
The top spot was clinched for Canada when Gabrielle Daleman finished third, giving her country 63 points to 58 for the Russians with only the ice dance remaining.
"We went down there to visit a little bit ago and Jamie was in town, and all hung out and actually ate some of the food that Jamie cooked, which was really good", said Nicki Buck, Lauren's neighbor up the hill.
Southern California native Hailey Langland is a representative of the new generation of up-and-coming snowboarders.
"For snowboarders convinced that their sport will always be treated as an afterthought by FIS, they've got plenty of ammunition today", Barry Petchesky wrote at Deadspin. "Those two keep it light; they keep it positive; they keep it fun and they keep it creative and that's really the core of what our sport is", Jankowski said.
While the slopestyle and big air teams will have two chances for a sweep, the Americans are likely to fare better in the halfpipe. "It's not all about being competitive and trying to win, win, win". I think people watching at home. you can just see and feel the joy and positive approach they are taking to the course and it showed in the results. What's the first thing you did afterward?
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