COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. - It's early in the season, but Jamie Anderson is already getting pretty comfortable climbing to the top of the podium.
The Sierra-at-Tahoe rider claimed another first-place finish, her second this month, at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix on Friday, Jan. 11, at Copper Mountain. Chas Guldemond of Reno, Nev., won the men's slopestyle finals, floating his signature double 1260 that earned him a winning score of 92.5.
Heavy snow hampered all the riders, but Anderson got back on track after a disappointing practice session. She nailed a backside 540 mute-grab, and the trick earned her a winning score of 83.
"This has all been unreal, I feel so lucky. I am so grateful to be here," Anderson said. "I have had wonderful support from the U.S. Snowboarding team, and I'm truly looking forward to the adventure of the Olympic qualifying period."
Anderson and Guldemond are off to a good start as far as 2014 qualifying goes. The Grand Prix marks the first opportunity for athletes to garner Olympic qualifying points and 5Star World Snowboard Tour points.
"It feels so good to be on top and start the Olympic qualifying period," Guldemond said. "The weather was tough, but back home in New Hampshire I grew it with this kind of weather and it makes you tough."
Anderson and Guldemond also swept the Dew Tour Slopestyle earlier this month, but it did not count toward Olympic qualifying.
"It has been my goal to center myself from my mind, body, and to my soul," Anderson said, "and so far it has been working out for me."