South Lake Tahoe’s Jamie Anderson claims gold in South Korea, wins 2018 Winter Games slopestyle test event
BOKWANG, South Korea — Americans dominated at the official Olympic snowboarding slopestyle test event for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games on Sunday, Feb. 21. And for Jamie Anderson, it meant more hardware to add to her collection.
The South Lake Tahoe product won gold at the FIS World Cup at Bokwang Phoenix Park, scoring an 81.25 on her third run after failing to land her first two runs. Her gold medal run featured a boardslide on big rail to 270 out, backside air, gap to lipslide, tailtap over barrel, 50-50, frontside 720 mute, backside 180 melon and alley-oop Cab 540 indy.
“I’m just happy that I made it through,” Anderson said. “I feel healthy, I feel strong and I was stoked to do that trick on that first rail because it was really intimidating for me and that’s what it’s about: pushing yourself. Even though my jump run was a little mellow, I was still happy to let it all come together.”
Silver medalist Karly Shorr put her first run to her feet and sat in the top spot until Anderson pulled it out on the second-to-last run of the competition. Anderson laid down a conservative run, and it led her to the top of the podium.
“It was definitely a safety (run),” Anderson said of the run that secured the victory. “I was hoping to put that down on my first run so that I could try some different runs, and (things) just didn’t go my way today.”
On the men’s side, Brock Crouch of Mammoth Lakes, California, took the win for first career World Cup podium. Crouch is a 16-year-old member of the slopestyle rookie team — he battled windy conditions at the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics to top the competitive field.
“The last two competitors were Brandon (Davis) and Chris (Corning) and they’re both from the U.S.,” Crouch said. “That’s when I was in first and I didn’t even care — I was so excited that I was going to be podium when they were about to drop, I just wanted them to land their runs so it could’ve been a U.S. sweep.”
Up next for the U.S. Snowboarding team is X Games Oslo Feb. 24-28 in Norway, which will feature big air and halfpipe competitions.
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