Jamie Anderson collects Slopestyle gold
Riding in her ninth X Games, Jamie Anderson scored her second straight Jeep Snowboard Slopestyle Women's gold medal Saturday at X Games Aspen 2013 with a commanding lead from the outset.
"I just wanted to put down a solid run and do my best," she said about her first of three runs, which earned a score of 93 points -- enough to hold off the rest of the pack for the duration of the contest. "I'm just so thankful to be here. I'm really inspired to learn more new tricks and have better style and enjoy the journey."
Spotted in the trees meditating before the event, the 22-year-old Anderson laid down the contest's first complete run -- highlighted by a big cab 720 -- as previous riders struggled with small wipeouts and skipped jumps in the "financial district" succession of big kickers.
The gold medal is the fifth in Anderson's slopestyle collection.
How does she stay calm with the target on her back?
"I hug trees," Anderson said.
Just behind Anderson, 22-year-old Czech rider Sarka Pancochova won her first X Games medal, taking home the silver after a critical final run -- capped with a solid backside 720 -- that skyrocketed her up from eighth place.
"I knew I could do well with that run and I just went for it," she said. "I'm pretty excited about that."
Pancochova's performance bumped Spencer O'Brien, a 24-year-old Canadian, from silver to bronze. O'Brien won the silver and bronze in 2009 and 2008, respectively.
Last year's silver medalist, Finland's Enni Rukajärvi, was riding with a cast on her left hand, but managed to hold on to the second-place position before O'Brien and Pancochova pushed her to fourth.
Rukajärvi was the last rider on the hill with a chance to unseat Anderson, but in her attempt to break back into the top three, she washed out a big cab 720 and settled for fourth.