Sochi recap: Snowboarding, women’s slopestyle finals

In the women’s slopestyle final, Jamie Anderson for Team USA brought in a gold medal in front of Enni Rukajarvi for Finland and Jenny Jones for Great Britain, respectively.

Date: 9-Feb

Sport: Snowboarding

Event: Women’s slopestyle finals

Medalists: Jamie Anderson (USA), Enni Rukajarvi (Finland), Jenny Jones (Britain)

How U.S. fared: Jamie Anderson, who scored high in the qualifications with a 93.50, scored a 95.25 to take first place for the gold medal. She had a very nice first run except for not fully executing the second rotation in her final jump. She first scored an 80.75. In the second run, she used her yoga skills and gracefully finished what was undoubtedly the best run out of any of the other teams to bring home the gold.

Karly Shorr was a strong sixth. Jessika Jenson and Ty Walker were the top two semifinalists who didn’t qualify for the final, taking 13th and 14th overall.

What happened: Silje Norendal for Norway unexpectedly hit the ground on the first jump in the first run, scoring a 49.50 and didn’t fare too well for the second. Enni Rukajarvi for Finland, the 2011 world champion, represented that title well with two great runs for her team. Jenny Jones for Great Britain had minor scruffy landings out of her backside 540 and frontside 360, but hit the two rotations for the backside 720 in her first run to make the first good score of the competition.

Sarka Pancochova for Czech was thought to be a medal contender in the first run with a score of 86.25, but she had a nasty fall during her second run which put her out of the race.

Quote: “I was so nervous, I couldn’t even eat. I was just trying to calm down. I put on some meditation music, burned some sage, had the candles going. Just tried to do a little bit of yoga. Yoga always comes through for me.” – Jamie Anderson

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