Anderson tops slopestyle, big air podiums at WSF World Championships in China
Jamie Anderson topped the podium twice at the World Snowboard Federation’s Corona World Championships of Snowboarding to cap a stellar 2015-16 season. The South Lake Tahoe native took the big air and slopestyle titles at Yabuli Ski Resort, leading an American sweep in slopestyle Tuesday, March 15.
After winning the big air world title two days earlier, Anderson linked up a technical run to win slopestyle Tuesday. She earned the top spot on the podium with a run that featured her trademark style highlighted by a cab 720, switch backside 540, frontside 720, backside 180, half cab to noseslide 270 out, switch lipslide, boardslide 270 out and 50-50 backside 180 out.
The 25-year-old put a bow on a strong campaign in China after recovering from a broken collarbone in early December. Anderson’s season included the two WSF World Champion titles, an X Games silver medal, her third-consecutive U.S. Open title and three World Cup wins.
Fellow American Brandon Davis of Mammoth Lakes, California, took the championship on the men’s side. The WSF World Championship title was Davis’ second major win of the season, after taking the top spot on his home turf at the Mammoth U.S. Grand Prix in February.
“Today was interesting, I was just having a lot of fun,” Davis said. “I had fallen on my first two runs and I was still having a ton of fun up there — that’s really what snowboarding’s about. I kept my energy high and my expectations low and it ended up working out for me.”
Julia Marino of Westport, Connecticut, finished third in slopestyle to score her first-career major podium. The 18-year-old officially made it a breakout year with her podium at the World Championships, after winning the Polartec Big Air at Fenway event in February for her first major win.
Marino became the first woman ever to land a double in slopestyle competition and she landed two in the same run — a cab double underflip on her first jump and a double backflip on her last jump. Marino, who didn’t land her first two runs, had to face the pressure of putting it together on her third and final run, but didn’t hold back.
“I fell on my first two runs, so the pressure was on for my last one,” Marino said. “I’m so glad I was able to put it down; I’m just flowing with happiness right now. I didn’t do the double wildcat in practice but I really felt it because I did a bunch of singles on the jumps.”
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