Jamie Anderson of South Lake Tahoe golden again, wins snowboard slopestyle at Winter Games NZ
WANAKA, New Zealand — Jamie Anderson finished atop the podium at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015, and showed off a new trick in the process. The South Lake Tahoe native won the women’s snowboard slopestyle competition on Saturday, Aug. 22, at Cardona Alpine Resort, and punctuated her performance by landing a backside rodeo 540 for the first time in competition.
Anderson asserted her dominance from the first run on Saturday. More than 10 points ahead of the field, she had no pressure to perform on her last run, but went all out on her victory lap — including the switch backside rodeo 540 — to improve her score to 87.88.
“Doing my backside rodeo 5 was awesome,” Anderson said. “The course is really fun and even better than during qualifiers since we got to go earlier in the day. I’m stoked to win and to be back visiting New Zealand, which is one of my favorite countries.”
After crossing over in the first section of the course, Anderson did a backside lipslide on the rail before delivering a boardslide 270 on the first jump. A backside rodeo on the second jump preceded her new trick.
Canadian Laurie Blouin scooped the silver medal on her second run, and was driven hard by Hailey Langland of San Clemente, Calif., who finished in the bronze medal position. Langland started as the fifth-placed qualifier, but a very strong first run put her in second behind Anderson — and an even better last run kept her in third in her first FIS World Cup.
The men’s snowboard slopestyle final saw dramatic changes of fortune in a very tight contest that wasn’t decided until the very last trick. Chris Corning or Arvada, Colo., made the very last qualifying spot for the FIS Snowboard World Cup, and the 15-year-old shocked the crowd to win the finals in only his third FIS World Cup.
“I’ve been here a while and ridden the course a bit,” Corning said. “It gave me the chance to learn some new tricks like that cab 12 I put down in my run, so it’s awesome. I’m super stoked. It was super fun and I guess I was riding well today and it all worked out.”
Note: Information provided by Winter Games NZ