Despite the trash talk by the Canadian riders when Shaun White pulled out of the Olympics slopestyle competition, it was still the United States that dominated the event. Jamie Anderson won the gold medal for the women while Sage Kotsenburg won the men’s gold medal. It was a big win for the US national team after their biggest star, Shaun Update Report White, chose not to compete just days before the Sochi games began
Anderson had a brilliant run in her ride Sunday and made history as the first ever female gold medal winner in the competition. Jenny Jones won the first ever snow sport medal for Britain when she captured bronze, a history making finish for her country as well. Enni Rukajarvi won the silver medal for Finland.
Jamie Anderson looked brilliant in her run, moving flawlessly through the turns and jumps in an event that looked very difficult for others, includingwho injured his wrist in practice. There have been numerous injuries in the event, which has been deemed “harsh” by some. It didn’t matter for Anderson, who made it look easy.
This came one day after Sage Kotsenburg won the first gold medal for the United States in Sochi. Kotsenburg won the medal with a trick called the “Holy Crail,” a four-and-a-half spin helicopter twirl where he lifted his legs behind his back before making a perfect landing. It resulted in the winning score of 93.5.
Staale Sandbech of Norway took the silver medal while Mark McMorris of Canada took the bronze medal. It was interesting that McMorris finished third since he was the one doing the most trash talking about Shaun White pulling out of the event. Canada’s Sébastien Toutant didn’t relent, saying that Kotsenburg was “creative” but Sandbech and McMorris should have been scored higher anyway.
Regardless, it was a clean sweep by Team USA in the slopestyle events. For complete results, visit the official Winter Olympics 2014 site.