Anderson wins slopestyle gold for U.S.

The Sports NetworkFebruary 9, 2014 

Krasnaya Polyana, Russia (SportsNetwork.com) - American snowboarder Jamie Anderson gave the United States a gold medal sweep in slopestyle at the Sochi Olympics, winning the women's competition Sunday at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

Anderson posted a winning score of 95.25 in her second of two runs in the final round.

"It just feels out of control," she said. "I can't even explain what I'm processing now."

Her gold medal performance came one day after Sage Kotsenburg won the men's slopestyle on Saturday to claim the first gold medal of the Sochi Games for the U.S.

Anderson, 23, said seeing Kotsenburg win gold made her "extra inspired."

The four-time X Games champion in slopestyle won her first Olympic medal. She had the second-best score after the first run of the medal round before turning in the winning score on her second try.

"I don't know how it happened. I was so impressed with all the girls' riding," Anderson said. "I really was just trying to focus on the run I chose to do, really visualizing that and seeing it to the end and knowing that I was going to land everything perfect and try to do it with as much style as possible.

"The rest was out of my hands. I just wanted to do what I was capable of doing."

Finland's Enni Rukajarvi claimed silver with a score of 92.50 and Jenny Jones was third to capture Great Britain's first-ever Olympic medal in a snow sport.

Canada's Spencer O'Brien, the reigning world champion in slopestyle, failed to medal. She finished 12th with a score of 35.00.

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