American Jamie Anderson wins second consecutive Olympic slopestyle gold medal

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – American Jamie Anderson won her second consecutive Olympic gold in slopestyle snowboarding and the United States’ second in two days Monday, braving perilous conditions at Phoenix Snow Park that sent scores of her competitors crashing their runs.

The 27-year-old Anderson, who won the initial slopestyle event at the Sochi Games, spent the past four years adding a double-cork 1080 to her repertoire, and the twice-flipping jump separated her from silver medalist Laurie Blouin of Canada and bronze-winning Enni Rukajarvi of Finland.

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Snowboarding ? Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics ? Slopestyle Training ? Phoenix Snow Park ? Pyeongchang, South Korea ? February 7, 2018 - Jamie Anderson of teh U.S. greets volunteers during training. REUTERS/Mike Blake
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 12: Jamie Anderson of the United States competes in the Snowboard Ladies' Slopestyle Final on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 12, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 12: Gold medalist Jamie Anderson of the United States celebrates winning the Snowboard Ladies' Slopestyle Final on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 12, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
US Jamie Anderson reacts during a run of the women's snowboard slopestyle final event at the Phoenix Park during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 12, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
US Jamie Anderson competes in a run of the women's snowboard slopestyle final event at the Phoenix Park during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 12, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 12: Jamie Anderson of the United States competes in the Snowboard Ladies' Slopestyle Final on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 12, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 12: Jamie Anderson of the United States celebrates in the Snowboard Ladies' Slopestyle Final on day three of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 12, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
US Jamie Anderson competes in a run of the women's snowboard slopestyle final event at the Phoenix Park during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 12, 2018 in Pyeongchang. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Anderson posted an 83.00 on her first run then watched as none of her competitors came close to matching. Her victory already secured by her second and final run, she celebrated at the top of the hill then cruised to the bottom.

Anderson’s gold is the second of the PyeongChang Games and comes on the heels of 17-year-old Red Gerard’s win in the men’s event Sunday. She has long been considered the best female slopestyle rider in the world, with five X Games gold medals, including one this year.

Among her peers, Anderson is best known as a fun-loving free spirit – “a bit of a hippie from Tahoe” as a friend once described. Now she’s got another title: two-time Olympic gold medalist.

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Snowboarder Jamie Anderson poses for a portrait at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Park City, Utah, U.S. September 27, 2017. She listens to 90's hip hop while training. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Jamie Anderson of the U.S. celebrates after the women's snowboard slopestyle finals event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor, February 9, 2014. Anderson laid down the best run of the day to clinch the first Olympic gold medal in women's snowboarding slopestyle at the Sochi Games on Sunday. REUTERS/Mike Blake (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING)
Gold medalist Jamie Anderson of the U.S. poses on the podium at the medal ceremony after the women's snowboard slopestyle event at the at the Sochi 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov (RUSSIA - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT SNOWBOARDING)
Snowboarder Jamie Anderson arrives on the red carpet at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, May 3, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY POLITICS MEDIA SPORT SNOWBOARDING)
Gold medalist Anna Gasser of Austria with silver medalist Jamie Anderson of the US and bronze medalist Julia Marino of the US celebrate on the podium at the X-Games Snowboarding Slopestyle finals in Hafjell, Norway March 10, 2017. NTB Scanpix/Geir Olsen/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NORWAY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NORWAY. NO COMMERCIAL SALES.
Jamie Anderson of the U.S.reacts on the finish line during the women's snowboard slopestyle finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor, February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SNOWBOARDING)
Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson poses for a portrait during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah October 2, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS PORTRAIT SNOWBOARDING)
First placed Spencer O'Brien of Canada celebrates on the podium with second placed Jamie Anderson (L) of the U.S. and third placed Enni Rukajaervi (R) of Finland, after winning the women's slopestyle event during the World Snowboarding Championships at the Wyller Snowboard Stadium in Oslo February 19, 2012. REUTERS/Krister Sorbo/Scanpix (NORWAY - Tags: SPORT SNOWBOARDING) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NORWAY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN NORWAY. NO COMMERCIAL SALES
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