Jamie Anderson of South Lake Tahoe golden again, wins snowboard slopestyle at Winter Games NZ
WANAKA, New Zealand — Jamie Anderson finished atop the podium at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015, and showed off a new trick in the process. The South Lake Tahoe native won the women’s snowboard slopestyle competition this past Saturday at Cardona Alpine Resort, and punctuated her performance by landing a backside rodeo 540 for the first time in competition.
Anderson asserted her dominance from the first run. More than 10 points ahead of the field, she had no pressure to perform on her last run, but went all out on her victory lap — including the switch backside rodeo 540 — to improve her score to 87.88.
“Doing my backside rodeo 5 was awesome,” Anderson said. “The course is really fun and even better than during qualifiers since we got to go earlier in the day. I’m stoked to win and to be back visiting New Zealand, which is one of my favorite countries.”
After crossing over in the first section of the course, Anderson did a backside lipslide on the rail before delivering a boardslide 270 on the first jump. A backside rodeo on the second jump preceded her new trick.
Canadian Laurie Blouin scooped the silver medal on her second run, and was driven hard by Hailey Langland of San Clemente, Calif., who finished in the bronze medal position. Langland started as the fifth-placed qualifier, but a very strong first run put her in second behind Anderson — and an even better last run kept her in third in her first FIS World Cup.
The men’s snowboard slopestyle final was a tight contest that wasn’t decided until the last trick. Chris Corning or Arvada, Colo., made the last qualifying spot for the FIS Snowboard World Cup as the 15-year-old claimed the win in only his third FIS World Cup.
After failing to fire in his first two heats, Yuki Kadono of Japan stunned the crowd with a spectacular last run in which he pulled off the highest-scoring trick of the day on the final kicker — a triple 1440 mute. He ended up a close second behind the Corning, while Garcia Knight of New Zealand rounded out the podium in third.
Information provided by Winter Games NZ.