Reigning Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson has always had success at Dew Tour events, and her Saturday second-place finish in the women’s slopestyle snowboarding final in Breckenridge, Colorado, got her something much more than another medal.
As the top American woman on the podium, Anderson qualified for her second Olympic Winter Games and earned the chance to defend her title in PyeongChang in February. She will also be able to add a medal in another event as all slopestyle riders will also compete in big air as it makes its Olympic debut.
Anderson, 27, led in qualifying, where she was the only rider to break 90 with a run that included a backside 540, switch frontside 540 and a frontside 720. She opted out of her second run to save herself for the final.
Anderson got started in the final with a run scoring 93.33, good enough to hold first place until Canada's Spencer O'brien topped her with 95.00 in her second run. Anderson had an opportunity to take gold during her final run as the last rider, but an untimely fall at the beginning of her run assured her second place.
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The Dew Tour stop in Breckenridge was the third of five Olympic qualifying events for women’s slopestyle/big air snowboarding, with only the second event being big air.
Four years ago in Sochi, Anderson made history when she became the first Olympic gold medalist in slopestyle snowboarding. Now she could do the same in big air.
In 2015-16, the South Lake Tahoe, California, native led the FIS World Cup standings in slopestyle, big air and overall, then in 2016-17 she was first in slopestyle, fifth in big air and second overall. Heading into the weekend, she once again led slopestyle and was fourth in big air. Anderson is also the most decorated slopestyle athlete in Winter X Games history with a total of 12 medals, including five golds.