Jamie Anderson celebrates at the 2019 Winter X Games on Jan. 24, 2019 in Aspen, Colo.
There’s no arguing over two-time Olympic champion Jamie Anderson’s status as a legend of snowboarding, and she added to that reputation on Saturday by winning gold in the women’s slopestyle competition at the X Games in Aspen, Colorado.
It was the sixth career X Games victory for Anderson, who won for the first time in 2007 and followed that up with victories in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2018. The win also provided her 17th medal at the X Games between slopestyle and big air, tied for second-most all time in winter sports behind leaders Shaun White and Mark McMorris with 18 (White also has five medals in skateboarding).
Anderson wasn’t in the lead after the first two runs. The top position belonged to Canada’s Laurie Blouin, who replaced U.S. Olympian Julia Marino after she announced on Friday that she’d be unable to compete because of a broken wrist. But Anderson’s third run turned out to be her highest-scoring of the event and lifted her into the No. 1 spot, which she’d hold onto despite a fall on her fourth and final run. Japan’s Kokomo Murase, 15, took third. Hailey Langland, a 2018 U.S. Olympian, finished just off the podium fourth.
While Anderson continued her reign atop women’s slopestyle snowboarding on Saturday, up-and-comer and X Games rookie Colby Stevenson took first in the men’s slopestyle skiing competition. The 22-year-old from Park City, Utah, followed up a win Thursday in the ski knuckle huck competition — not an Olympic sport, but contested at the X Games — with a slopestyle victory over Olympian Evan McEachran of Canada, who took silver, and former X Games and world championships gold medalist Fabian Bosch of Switzerland.
The win added to Stevenson’s already strong calendar year, after he finished third in a world cup slopestyle competition earlier this month in Seiser Alm, Italy. That marked his fourth podium finish on the world cup level.
Reigning Olympic men’s snowboard slopestyle champion Red Gerard also picked up his first X Games medal on Saturday, winning slopestyle bronze in his fifth time competing in the event. Gerard was actually in the lead until the final minutes of the event, when Canada’s Darcy Sharpe jumped from eighth to first in the new jam session, a scoreless judging system, and came away with the win. Norway’s Mons Roisland finished second. Gerard’s previous best finish was fourth in 2018.
In a surprise result, Olympian Maddie Mastro competed in the night’s final event in the women’s superpipe snowboarding final but fell on her first three runs trying to land a double crippler, a trick she landed last year at the Burton U.S. Open when she beat Chloe Kim; Mastro ended up finishing eighth. With Kim, the defending Olympic champion, taking the year off, none of the competitors in Saturday’s field had ever won the event.
The X Games wrap up Sunday with women’s slopestyle skiing and men’s superpipe skiing among the events scheduled.