Sochi, Russian Federation (4E Sports) – Jamie Anderson dominated the women’s snowboard slopestyle event at the Sochi Winter Olympics, completing a gold-medal sweep by the United States.
“I’m so happy,” Anderson said after completing her run at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. “It was fricken’ mind blowing. What a day.”
Anderson had two 720s in her second run to score a 95.25, putting her in the lead by almost three points with two riders to go. She was guaranteed a medal at that point, but did not clinch gold until both remaining riders fell on their final runs.
She entered the event as a heavy favorite to win gold, something that added pressure throughout the year. In the past three seasons, she has now finished first or second in 20 of 24 events she has entered.
“I was really passionate and determined to come out here and do my best and do everything I can to be my strongest and most grounded, calm self, even with the hype of everything on the outside world,” Anderson said.
Making the celebration even sweeter was the presence of Anderson’s 11 family members here. Anderson’s parents, adopted grandmother, niece and six of her seven siblings all made the trip to Russia.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Joey Anderson, her father. “When she landed the last jump, I knew that was it.”
“It felt like her moment,” said Lauren Anderson, her mother. “That she pulled that off with that kind of pressure, it felt like she earned it.”