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Rookie Julia Marino Edges Reigning Olympic Champion Jamie Anderson For First X Games Gold

By Craig Bohnert | Jan. 28, 2017, 6:13 p.m. (ET)

Julia Marino competes in the big air snowboarding final at Fenway Park on Feb. 11, 2016 in Boston.


Two days after claiming her career-first X Games medal, a bronze in big air, Julia Marino grabbed the slopestyle snowboarding gold Saturday afternoon at X Games Aspen 2017.

The first woman to land a cab double underflip in X Games slopestyle competition, Marino bested a star-studded field with 94.66 points, 3.33 ahead of X Games veteran Jamie Anderson, who claimed her fifth consecutive X Games slopestyle silver. The reigning Olympic champion, Anderson ran her career X Games medal count to an even dozen, including four golds and six silvers, making her the most decorated slopestyle rider in X Games history.

Great Britain’s Katie Ormerod broke up what might have been an American podium sweep by posting an 80.33 score, good for bronze. Hailey Langland, who thrilled the crowd Thursday with her last-second big air victory, gave Team USA three of Saturday’s top four spots by scoring 73.66.

An X Games rookie this week, the 19-year-old Marino became the first woman in 17 years to win two medals at a single X Games.

Marino jumped into the international spotlight by winning the big air at Boston’s fabled Fenway Park last February, when followed last March with her history-making cab double underflip at the world championships. She affirmed her place among the world’s best with a second at November’s Olympic test event in Alpensia, Korea.

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Earlier in the day, McRae Williams won silver in the men's slopestyle skiing final. His score of 93.33 was exactly one point behind Oystein Braaten of Norway. Canada's Alex Beaulieu-Marchand took bronze with a 92.00 for his first X Games medal. Olympic champion Joss Christensen was sixth, followed by 2014 Olympian Bobby Brown in seventh, Olympic silver medalist Gus Kenworthy in 10th and Olympic bronze medalist Nick Goepper in 11th.

The medal was Williams' third of his X Games career and first since 2014.

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