Anderson takes silver in Tignes
Jamie Anderson threw down a stylish and technical run to win silver in snowboard slopestyle at X Games Tignes on Friday.
The Sierra-at-Tahoe rider was gunning for an X Games three-peat, after winning gold at X Games Tignes in 2011 and 2012 as well as in Aspen in 2012 and 2013. She put down a progressive line in the first round, but fell in her second run and had a sloppy third run so she settled for silver. Norwegian Silje Norendal went home with the gold.
“It was a really good event. It just wasn’t my day to win,” Anderson said. “It was meant to be for Silja and I’m a big believer in reality and I am happy for her.”
It was a progressive comp with new tricks performed by a talented field of international women. Anderson was the only American in the women’s final.
Anderson’s first run put her on the podium. In particular, she was strongest in the rails section where she laid down a stylish boardslide 270 out with a nice gap before the landing.
En route to Tignes, Anderson’s snowboard bag went missing and she was forced to ride on all new gear without having time to break it in.
“I wish I got to land my 720, but I was on all new gear,” Anderson said. “My board bag has been lost for like two weeks and it’s a little challenging to break in all new boots and bindings. I am thankful to get some runs and be safe and sound.”
Bowman bags X Games bronze
Sure, gold would have been nice, but Maddie Bowman is feeling pretty satisfied with her bronze-medal performance.
“It was the best run of my life. Ben and Andy, my coaches, said so too. It feels really good to have that run especially coming back after falling in Sochi and having a hard time in Voss,” Bowman said.
Bowan took bronze, her first medal at X Games Tignes, in the women’s freeski halfpipe finals on Friday. Marie Martinod-Routin from France took the gold in the women’s final.
Bowman was fifth until her final run put her into third at the end of the contest.
Pushing the limits of her sport, Bowman spun both a left and right 900 in her run, but missed her grabs. Only 1.33 points separated the top three finishing women at the end of the tight competition.
It was her last contest of the season and the best run of her career to date.
“I feel like I just had a bit of a mental breakdown. It’s been a long season, and I got it turned around. I’m really happy to know that I can overcome that mental part of the game too. It’s a great end of my season and I cannot wait to go home,” Bowman said.
Bowman’s run consisted of a right 900, left 540 short mute, left cork 900, right 720, switch right 540.
David Wise, of Reno, Nev., grabbed silver in the men’s competition behind Torin Yater-Wallace. Wise had the most technical run in the game, but couldn’t nail it clean enough to overtake Yater-Wallace.
Wise stays in the lead in the AFP stadings with Torin Yater-Wallace a close second.
Compiled by staff and the U.S. Ski Team.