South Lake Tahoe’s Jamie Anderson captures gold in dominant fashion at Quebec big air
QUEBEC CITY, Canada — Jamie Anderson took flight in competition north of the border, and landed a gold medal. The South Lake Tahoe native claimed gold in the FIS World Cup big air event at Jamboree on Saturday, Feb. 13, dominating the field on a man-made scaffolding while battling arctic temperatures.
“I think the event tonight was awesome,” Anderson said. “It was really, really cold with our arctic front, but we are winter athletes so we got to perform in crazy weather and I’m just stoked.”
Anderson scored 178.75 on her two best of three total runs, winning by more than 50 points. Her top two jumps were a cab underflip and frontside 720 mute.
“It’s been an opportunity to get out and come to a new city for me, and I’m just so happy,” Anderson said. “I was able to put down my runs and win. I knew I had won when I went in for my final try, but I wanted to do that for myself.”
Saturday’s competition was the second in three days that had big air athletes competing on a man-made scaffolding jump, and the last of two FIS World Cup big air events during the 2015-16 season. On Thursday, Feb. 11, athletes competed on a jump constructed inside Boston’s Fenway Park — Anderson finished seventh in the event at Fenway.
Katie Ormerod of Great Britain took silver with a score of 126.25. Spain’s Queralt Castellet rounded out the podium in third (91.75).
For the men, Max Parrot of Canada took home his second big air World Cup win in three days on a jump he helped to design. His fellow countryman Tyler Nicholson was second and Ryan Stassel, who competed for the U.S. in slopestyle at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, finished third.
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