Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Back-To-Back: Jamie Anderson Successfully Defends Slopestyle Snowboarding Olympic Title

Back-To-Back: Jamie Anderson Successfully Defends Slopestyle Snowboarding Olympic Title

American Jamie Anderson won the gold medal in slopestyle on Monday at the PyeongChang Games, marking her second consecutive Olympics winning gold in the event.

It was enough to hold off Canada's Laurie Blouin, who took silver with 76.33 on her second run, and Finland's Enni Rukajarvi, who added bronze to her silver from Sochi four years ago, with 75.38 points. Officials made a decision to hold a two-run final on Monday morning. Five years later, at 22 years old, she was a member of the Austrian Olympic snowboarding team competing in slopestyle at the Sochi Games. The qualifying heats were canceled because of poor weather, so the 25-women field advanced to a gold-medal showdown. She had a 10-point lead ahead of Norway's Silje Norendal, who had 73.81 points, and Team USA teammate Jessika Jenson (72.26 points) after the first run.

Australian snowboarder Tess Coady took to Instagram to blame the wind for the injury she suffered in practice for qualifying on Sunday.

Anderson took the second run even though she didn't need it to win and fell on a jump.

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

None of the riders were able to complete two error-free runs.

The United States' Julia Marino was a threat to all three medalists, but she fell on her second run as well. She washed out in her second run with the gold medal already wrapped up.

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