United States of America brings triple threat in Olympic Snowboarding

United States of America brings triple threat in Olympic Snowboarding

It's the United States and the rest of the world when it comes to the snowboarding slopestyle competition at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Anderson's second Olympic gold is the latest feat in a long career of success that saw her win her first X Games medal in 2006 at age 15. Laurie Blouin of Canada won silver and Finland's Enni Rukajarvi took bronze. The circumstances cut the typical two-run qualifying format and three-run final down to a two-run final with all competitors riding.

Anderson posted a score of 83.00 in the first of her two runs then watched it hold up as rider after rider either crashed or bailed. Five years later, at 22 years old, she was a member of the Austrian Olympic snowboarding team competing in slopestyle at the Sochi Games.

The majority of the runs were defined by falls and slips, as the snowboarders dealt with strong gusts of winds and an element of unfamiliarity with the competitive qualifying runs eliminated.

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There was a particularly scary moment when Slovakia's Klaudia Medlova landed flat on her back after missing a grab during her first run but she did complete her second and finished 24th.

Heading into the second run, wind conditions worsened and numerous snowboarders faltered on the second jump.

While she didn't land a clean run to finish, she was good enough for gold for the second straight Olympics.