Anderson finishes eighth in New Zealand Open halfpipe |

Anderson finishes eighth in New Zealand Open halfpipe

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Jamie Anderson gave herself a chance to sweep the New Zealand Open for the second straight year by qualifying for the halfpipe finals on Friday.

The 19-year-old from South Lake Tahoe qualified seventh in this afternoon semifinal round of the halfpipe. Only eight of the 21 riders made the finals. She went on to finish eighth, while American Kelly Clark finished first.

Shaun White of Carlsbad, Calif., won the men’s title with a near-flawless run of 97 on his second try.

On Thursday, Anderson made a successful return to competition by winning the slopestyle and the $6,000 first prize. Anderson ruptured her spleen last March.

“I had a blast,” Anderson commented on the New Zealand Open Web site. “It was a beautiful day, we lucked out with the weather, and I was happy with my riding, I had so much fun today.”