Joanie Anderson completes medal set at X Games
No matter how the rest of her season is going, Joanie Anderson can always be counted on to perform at a high level when the Winter X Games arrives.
The older of the well-known snowboarding sisters from South Lake Tahoe scored the missing piece of a complete set of podium finishes with a third-place boardercross result Saturday in Aspen, Colo.
“I was stoked to just make the finals, then making the podium was like a bonus for me,” said Anderson, who won the event in 2006 and was runner-up in 2007.
Anderson was never higher than third place during the final as Lindsey Jacobellis outdueled Helene Olafson for her third straight Winter X boardercross victory. But she had some tense moments holding off Alexandra Jekovao of Bulgaria for third place. Jekovao twice tried to pass Anderson and on the second attempt crashed and slipped to fifth place.
“She gave me a run for my money, but I was able to hold onto my line and stay ahead of her,” Anderson said.
Anderson began the season in Argentina hopeful of putting a dislocated hip behind her. But she was never able to get a grip on U.S. World Cup spot and has competed sparingly.
Consequently, her bronze medal at Winter X was somewhat surprising to her.
“It’s funny how things work out really. It’s all good; I’m not bummed at all,” she said. “I had two good days of practice before the qualifier and a good mindset going into the X Games. I wanted to make it fun, and I was really into it. Once we got there, the course was so good and fun to ride, so I was super into it.”
The 23-year-old Anderson is uncertain about vying for an Olympic berth in 2014 since there a scant few events now offered to boardercross competitors.
“I haven’t thought that far ahead,” she said. “I’ll be like 27 and don’t know how hard I’ll be going in boardercross or know where I’ll be living.”
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