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Jamie Anderson Returns To Top Of X Games Podium, Marking Her 14th X Games Medal

By Karen Price | Jan. 26, 2018, 4:30 p.m. (ET)

Jamie Anderson trains at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix on Dec. 10, 2017 in Copper Mountain, Colo.


Jamie Anderson crashed on her first run in the slopestyle snowboarding competition at X Games in Aspen, Colorado on Friday, but the reigning Olympic queen never stays down for long.

Anderson came back and threw down a second run that included a big front side 720 and cab double cork 900 to score 94.00 points and overtake teammate and reigning X Games champion Julia Marino at the top of the podium. 

The most decorated slopestyle snowboarder in X Games history now has five gold medals and 14 overall at the competition, finishing on the podium in every single X Games slopestyle event she’s ever entered. 

The gold was also her first since 2013, breaking a streak of six straight silver-medal performances.

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“I’m really happy,” Anderson told ESPN. “That was crazy, definitely tapping into perseverance and rising above chaos. It’s hard out here sometimes but that was fun.”

Marino was in first after the opening run with a score of 90.00, then scored a 92.00 on her second run, which was a cleaner version of her first. In order to beat Anderson on the last run of the day she needed something big, but after a slip-up on the top rail section it became clear that Anderson was going to reclaim the crown. 

Enni Rukajarvi, of Finland, finished third with 87.33 points. 

Anderson won the gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 when the sport made its debut and she’ll be back next month to defend her title. Marino will be joining her on Team USA, making her Olympic debut. 

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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