Sunday, February 9, 2014

Jamie Anderson Wins First Gold in Women's Slopestyle at the Olympic Games


The second day of the XXII Olympic Winter Games provided another spectacular day in snowboard history.
US-rider Jamie Anderson claims second snowboard Gold for her home country at the Sochi Winter Games while Enni Rukajarvi (FIN) and Jenny Jones (GBR) round out the podium.
Not only because the first ever ladies' slopestyle event went down at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park some 45 minutes away from Sochi with Jamie Anderson (USA) earning Gold with 95.25 for her clean and safe second run.
But also because Jenny Jones brought home the first ever British medal at Winter Olympics placing third today and Sina Candrian landing the first ever frontside 1080 in a women's contest.
Jamie Anderson lived up to the expectation as odds-on favourite for a medal impressing with a gap to noseslide, 50/50 backside 180, cab 180 to back 180 off the canon to a cab 720 and a switch backside 540 on the first and second kicker while finishing things off with a massive frontside 720.
"At the top I felt nauseous and I felt sick. I thought 'let's go through what I'm more consistent with' and oh my God it paid off", Anderson said after her 'safety-run', adding that she felt a lot of mental and physical pressure to do well. "I just want to break down right now and cry".
Anderson relegated Enni Rukajarvi (FIN) who sat on the hot seat for quite a while to the second spot.
The Finnish ripper had stomped a smooth run which included a gap to 50/50, 50/50, backside boardslide and a backside 360 in the jibbing section and a frontside 720 to backside 540 and a stylish cab 720 on the kicker line thus being awarded with 92.50.
"I can't believe it. I kind of gave up already. I didn't think I could get a medal because I haven't been able to ride that much because my right knee has been injured", Rukajarvi told the Olympic News Service.
While the first two spots were an easy call, it was a tight one for the Bronze with Jenny Jones coming out successfully bringing home the first ever medal from Olympic Winter Games for her home country.
The British styler got 87.25 for her gap to 50/50, 50/50 front 180 to switch boardslide to regular, 50/50 frontside 180 off the cannon to cab 540 to back 360 and a final frontside 720.

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