Anderson repeats in women’s slopestyle at Winter X Games in Aspen
ASPEN ” In the absence of Janna Meyen, 17-year-old Jamie Anderson has become the new queen of snowboard slopestyle at the Winter X Games.
The South Lake Tahoe, Calif., native defended her gold medal Saturday with a smooth, stylish second run that bumped Austria’s Claudia Fliri to second and left Whistler Canada’s Spencer O’Brien with the bronze.
Anderson fell on a 720 on the final jump of her first run, but nailed the trick on the second go-round to jump into the lead with a score of 90.66.
Fliri grabbed the early lead with a clean 85.66 first run, then upped the ante on her second, throwing three straight 540s for an 88.
Anderson was next on course, and with the pressure squarely on her shoulders, didn’t flinch. She opened with a stylish tail slide on the course’s opening up-flat-down box, threw a 360 over the first kicker, then cleanly cleared the 60-foot gap jump with a smooth 180.
Then she loaded up for the 720, stomping the trick before being mobbed in the finish corral.
Meyen, who won four slopestyle golds between 2003 and 2006, didn’t compete at Buttermilk in 2007, and failed to make the final cut of 10 in Friday’s elimination round.
Anderson made history as the youngest competitor to ever win a medal at Winter X in 2007, grabbing the gold at the age of 16.
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