Snowboarding: Anderson retains slopestyle gold in strong wind

Monday, 12 Feb, 2018

Qualification for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics women's snowboard slopestyle final was canceled on Sunday due to strong winds at the Phoenix Snow Park venue.

Anderson's gold is the second of the PyeongChang Games and comes on the heels of 17-year-old Red Gerard's win in the men's event Sunday. Her victory already secured by her second and final run, Anderson celebrated at the top of the hill, cruised to the bottom and draped an American flag over her shoulders. While Anderson still ranks among the favourites, a new generation of riders has emerged, and Gasser has elevated her game as well.

Jamie Anderson, Hailey Langland, Jessika Jenson and Julia Marino will all be competing for Team USA in the strongest contingent that any country will send.

Langland's railwork is impressive, but it's her style that makes her stand out from the competition. The top global contender is Austrian Anna Gasser, who also is known for her tricks.

However, since she's been on a roll taking home medals at the 2017 World Championships and last two X-Games.

While Anderson remains the most consistent of the three in slopestyle, both Marino and Langland are able to perform tricks that are more hard.