The snowboarder rallied at the Paul Mitchell Progression Session at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain. Jamie Anderson continued her already stellar 2012/2013 competitive season with a first place slopestyle victory in the women's division. Anderson was followed by Kjersti Buaas in second, and Isabel Derungs in third. On the men's side, Chas Guldemond took first place, and was followed by Roope Tonteri in second and Peetu Piiroinen in third.
Both Anderson and Guldemond are hot off their recent Dew Tour victories, making today's win the second major podium of the season.
After the event, Anderson said, “This has all been unreal, I feel so luc
ky. I am so grateful to be here, I have had wonderful support from the U.S. Snowboarding team and I’m truly looking forward to the adventure of the Olympic qualifying period. 13 is my lucky number, I was born on the 13th and there are 13 letters in my name so I would like to think this good vibe will keep going through. It has been my goal to center myself from my mind, body, and to my soul and so far it has been working out for me.”
Guldemond talked about his state of mind during the competition, detailing, “My first run was for the U.S. Snowboarding team and my second run was for me. As always I try to have a good time snowboarding no matter what. It feels so good to be on top and start the Olympic qualifying period. It’s my goal to continue this success to the best of my abilities. The weather was tough, but back home in New Hampshire I grew it with this kind of weather and it makes you tough. I have really been working hard to perfect my run and it is going well so far, I am happy with how my dub 12 is coming together.”
The slopestyle event is the first domestic FIS World Cup providing today's competitors with valuable Olympic qualifying points, and is considered a 5 star event, adding further points towards the World Snowboard Tour.
In addition to being point earning event, the compeition doubled as the U.S. Snowboarding Championships with Guldemond and Anderson taking national slopestyle titles.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE (times ET)
Sat. Jan. 12 11:20 a.m.- 12:40 p.m. – Sprint U.S. Grand Prix live stream, halfpipe, USSA Network
Sun. Jan. 13 4:00-5:00 p.m. – Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, halfpipe, NBC
Sun. Jan. 13 2:30-3:30 p.m. – Sprint U.S. Grand Prix, halfpipe, NBC Sports Network
Sat. Jan. 19 1:00-2:00 p.m. – Paul Mitchell Progression Session, slopestyle snowboarding, NBC Sports Network