Snowboarding: Anderson retains snowboard slopestyle gold in challengin

Published 12/02/2018 in Full coverage of the Winter Olympics.

Snowboarding: Anderson retains snowboard slopestyle gold in challengin
Snowboarding – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Women’s Slopestyle Finals – Phoenix Snow Park – Pyeongchang, South Korea – February 12, 2018 – Jamie Anderson of the U.S. competes. REUTERS/Issei Kato

PYEONGCHANG (Reuters) – Sochi champion Jamie Anderson of the United States battled challenging cross winds that had delayed the start of the final to win her second successive Olympic gold in the women’s snowboard slopestyle at the Pyeongchang Games on Monday.

The start of the final, which included all of the athletes after qualifying was canceled on Sunday because of poor weather, had been delayed due to the strong winds.

Only five riders made it down the first run without falling in the difficult conditions, which also included hard snow, with Anderson scoring 83.00 points to give her an almost 10-point advantage heading into the second run.

It was enough to hold off Canada’s Laurie Blouin, who took silver with 76.33 on her second run, and Finland’s Enni Rukajarvi, who added bronze to her silver from Sochi four years ago, with 75.38 points.

None of the riders were able to complete two error-free runs.

There was a particularly scary moment when Slovakia’s Klaudia Medlova landed flat on her back after missing a grab during her first run but she did complete her second and finished 24th.

Snowboarding: Strong winds cause havoc in slopestyle final

Blouin, who was stretchered off the course in practice on Friday, completed an incredible comeback to clinch the silver medal.

“I caught an edge on the third jump and slammed my face. I then went to hospital to check my neck and I was cleared for practice,” said the Canadian, a big bruise clear underneath her left eye.

“Now I have second place and I don’t believe it. It is a dream come true.”

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