The Lift Up: Jamie Anderson unstoppable at Euro X Games
It’s getting a little tiresome writing ‘Jamie Anderson wins.’ But there’s no denying it. The 21-year-old South Lake Tahoe shredder has another X Games gold medal to shine.
Anderson blew through the slopestyle competition at the Winter X Games Europe in Tignes, France, scoring a near-unbelievable 98.00 points. Much similar to the U.S. Open last week, Anderson’s top two competitors were Spencer O’Brien and Enni Rukajarvi.
Anderson’s X Games run started off with a banger cab 270 on the flat-down box. The flair, smoothness and sneaky smile in the jump section- cab 720, switch backside 540 and frontside 720- made it pretty obvious she was having a good time. Her final jib trick, an ultra-stylish tail press 270, was just the icing on the cake.
In the earlier runs, Anderson went for a cab 900. Though she didn’t quite land it, the attempt still set a high bar for the level of women’s snowboarding.
“I was thinking about it all week and I’ve never landed one,” Anderson said in a statement. “I was just like I should try it, and maybe I will land it with all the pressure and adrenaline.”
The event is another step towards the first Olympic slopestyle event in Socchi, Russia in 2014. Anderson is already amping for the shot to represent her country in front of the whole world.
“With how time goes, it’s going to be here before we know it,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it, keeping it fun and learning some new tricks.”
After low snowpack canceled the Crested Butte stop, the Freeskiing World Tour will launch into Utah this week.
South Lake Tahoe’s Josh Daiek continues to lead the pack in what has been dubbed the biggest competitive circuit for freeskiers. But things aren’t looking up for the Kirkwood local after day one of competition.
“Unfortunately I took a digger at the bottom,” he said. “I had a sick run going, tried this spinny flippy thing and went a little too big.”
“Par for the course for me,” Daiek laughed.
Nonetheless, Daiek will remain towards the top of the tour standings. With a solid finish or a win at Kirkwood in April, he could top the podium.
Without enough snow, Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort’s famous superpipe may not be built this season.
The pipe has won awards in the past for its finely sculpted transitions and perfect placement, but even after this storm, it looks like builders just won’t have enough material, said spokesman Steve Hemphill.
“To get that much snow on top of what we need (to run the resort), just doesn’t look likely,” Hemphill said. “We’re not ruling it out, but it doesn’t look promising.”
Terrain park staff have built features in the resort’s largest park, Bashful, though. The new jibs like a closeout rail and a stair set made out of boxes are skate-inspired, Hemphill said. Staff will rebuild the park with the new snow for an even bigger lineup next week, he added.