Author of Story: Lindsey Sine – US Snowboarding News/USSA.ORG
Anderson Earns Fifth X Games Medal
ASPEN, CO (Jan. 30) – Jamie Anderson (South Lake Tahoe, CA) put down solid spins and combinations Sunday to take home the fifth X Games slopestyle snowboarding medal of her career with a bronze. Enni Rukajarvi of Finland took the gold, becoming the first rookie to win women’s slopestyle since the sport was introduced at the X Games.
“The competition was great today,” said Anderson. “All the girls rode so well and I am really stoked that I finished with the bronze and that Enni [Rukajarvi] won.”
Anderson took the silver medal at X Games in 2010, and she’s also been on a hot streak, winning the first two Winter Dew tour slopestyle competitions this season.
To score the win, Rikajarvi’s run included a 50/50 and 180 out, another 50/50, a backside 360, front side 360 a backside 540 and a cab 720 over the money booter for a score of 92.66.
“I just wanted to land my run,” Rukajarvi said. “I am so surprised.”
The win also made Rukajarvi the first woman rider from Finland to win an event at X Games.
“It’s hard to believe that I beat those girls because they are all so good,” Rukajarvi said.
With a score of 89.33, the silver medal went to Great Britain’s Jenny Jones, who was attempting a three-peat in the event.
“I was stoked to be in the competition,” said Jones. “It was great to ride with the girls and feel that my level of riding was still up there with all of them. I would have loved a third gold, but I am stoked to be on the podium. Congrats to Enni on her first Winter X Games and her first gold.”
Winter X Games continues with men’s slopestyle snowboarding on Sunday afternoon, and the men’s halfpipe snowboarding competition at night.
2011 Winter X Games
Aspen, CO – Jan. 30, 2011
1. Enni Rukajärvi, Finland, 92.66
2. Jenny Jones, Great Britain, 89.33
3. Jamie Anderson, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 86.00
7. Hana Beaman, Salt Lake City, 52.66
8. Janna Meyen-Weatherby, Big Bear Lake, CA, 46.33