Winter Olympics: USA's Jamie Anderson bags silver medal in big air snowboarding

Winter Olympics: USA's Jamie Anderson bags silver medal in big air snowboarding

The women's snowboard slopestyle final went ahead on February 12 as planned, despite fears over strong winds that brought complaints from some competitors.

"So I was just so happy to come here and do what I wanted to do".

Riders in the big air event, which is making its Olympic debut in PyeongChang, get three runs in the final, with their overall point total based off their two best scores.

Anderson, who defended her 2014 slopestyle gold earlier in PyeongChang, won silver with her score of 177.25.

The 16-year-old became only the second medallist from New Zealand at the Winter Olympics and the first Alpine skier Annelise Coberger won silver in the women's slalom at Albertville 1992. "This is going to be so big to watch".

Qualification for the big air final took place on Monday with Austrian Anna Gasser leading the standings. "That's why we're seeing so much epic things getting landed". All four are also competing in the slopestyle event as well.

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That's what makes her big air medal - even though it's silver instead of gold - so sweet. She attempted to move up to a cab double cork 1080 on her third and final run but was unable to land the trick.

"I'm really proud of the tricks".

Twenty-six of the world's best riders made two jumps each - speeding down a 160-foot-long (50-meter) ramp to vault off a huge kicker and travel up to 100 feet (30 meters) below for the landing.

"That was pretty brutal - just gutting really".

Gasser was one of the few who didn't hold back in this year's slopestyle event, which was plagued by terrible weather conditions.

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