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Jamie Anderson And Dusty Henricksen Sweep Snowboard Slopestyle Victories At U.S. Grand Prix

By Paul D. Bowker | Feb. 01, 2020, 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Jamie Anderson competes at the 2020 U.S. Grand Prix on Feb. 1, 2020 in Mammoth, Calif.


Two-time Olympic champion Jamie Anderson and 2020 Youth Olympic champion Dusty Henricksen are the slopestyle snowboarding champs of Mammoth Mountain.

It is a contrast of one of the most decorated women’s slopestyle snowboarders in world history and one of the new rising stars in men’s slopestyle, who calls Mammoth his home mountain.

Anderson, who just last week captured her 17th career X Games medal, won the women’s slopestyle snowboarding competition at the U.S. Grand Prix on Saturday at Mammoth Mountain, California. Anderson put down a score of 83.40 on her first run, finishing it with a front side 520, and was the only snowboarder among the eight finalists to reach the 80s.

Henricksen saved his dramatics for his second and final run. He scored 84.51 on the final run of the competition, passing Japan’s Ryoma Kimata for not only his first career world cup win, but also his first world cup podium finish.

Anderson and Henricksen were among eight Americans in the final rounds. Also reaching the men’s podium was Judd Henkes, who scored his second consecutive third-place world cup finish with a top run of 79.56.

Isabella Gomez was the next highest-placed American, finishing fifth in the women’s finals with a top run of 59.83.

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 Anderson’s victory completed a sweep of the qualification and final rounds, which has become standard fare for Anderson at Mammoth Mountain. She also won the qualification and final rounds in a world cup stop in 2017 at Mammoth Mountain, and won two consecutive Nor-Am cups at Mammoth Mountain in 2010 and 2011 before she won her first Olympic gold medal in 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Saturday’s win gave Anderson her first world cup podium finish of the season, and outside of the X Games, it was her first victory since the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. 

Laurie Blouin of Canada, an Olympic silver medalist behind Anderson’s gold, finished second with a top run of 76.16, and Katie Ormerod of Great Britain was third with a score of 75.83.

Henricksen also swept the qualification and final rounds, improving his finish at Mammoth Mountain from 29th last year to first place this year.

Kimata, the gold medalist in big air at the Youth Olympic Games, grabbed the lead in the men’s finals with a first run of 83.83. He was in the leader’s chair until Henricksen overtook him in the final run, moving up from fourth place to first.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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