Jamie Anderson wins Slope Gold in Sochi, Enni Rukajarvi & Jenny Jones take Silver, Bronze
Standing atop the podium is nothing new to Jamie Anderson, but after women’s Olympic Slopestyle came to a close this weekend, Anderson had added an entirely new accomplishment to her long list of victories: Olympic Gold. Overall, the women of slope came out and rode hard, with amplitude and style taking center stage. Anderson, with the positive attitude she has become well-known for, stepped up when the time came and outshone the rest of the field, not only taking Gold, but earning the US a Slopestyle podium sweep.
After a next-level showing from all the ladies of slope, Jamie Anderson rose to the top of the leader board after stomping her second run: a gap to noseslide, 50-50 backside 180 off, cab 180 to backside 180, cab 720, switch backside 540, finished off with a massive front 7. Anderson linked together her run flawlessly, earning a 95.2 and the win.
Enni Rukajarvi took a temporary turn leading the field after putting down a solid run, featuring a gap to 50-50, 50-50, backside boardslide, backside 360, frontside 720, backside 540, and a cab 7 to wrap it up, before being knocked back into second place by Anderson. England’s Jenny Jones brought home Great Britain’s first-ever Winter Olympic medal, the Bronze.
Torah Bright and Anna Gasser were riding incredibly well, though both had trouble sticking their tricks and couldn’t put down runs strong enough for the podium. Of the 24 total final runs, no less than 17 of them included a hand-drag or worse. That’s not to say the riding was anything short of exceptional, however, as the ladies were going big and simply struggled to fully stomp the progressive tricks. Sina Candrian, for example, became the first woman to land a FS 1080 in competition, and despite a run-killing hand drag, there’s no denying the progress there.
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