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Jamie Anderson tied Shaun White for second on the Winter X Games medals list, earning her 18th overall and her seventh gold in snowboard slopestyle in Aspen, Colo., on Friday.
Anderson, the 2014 and 2018 Olympic slopestyle champion, beat a field that included 2019 X Games champion Zoi Sadowski-Synnott of New Zealand, who placed second on Friday, and 2018 Olympic big air champion Anna Gasser of Austria.
In a jam-session format where riders were ranked on overall impression, but not given individual scores, Anderson led the standings after her first of four runs and was never displaced. Anderson’s final run was a victory lap, right after Sadowski-Synnott bumped Canadian Laurie Blouin down to bronze.
“Honestly, I’m speechless,” Anderson said. “Zoi’s last run was flawless.”
Anderson competed minutes after seeing U.S. Olympic teammate Hailey Langland crash in practice, which knocked her out of the competition. The start was delayed by about 15 minutes.
Only Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris owns more Winter X Games medals than Anderson, who has made the podium in all 14 of her slopestyle starts in Aspen dating to her debut at age 15. Anderson also competed in snowboard cross at X Games as early as age 13.
Anderson also broke her tie with Kelly Clark for second-most Winter X Games golds in Aspen for a woman. Lindsey Jacobellis holds the female record of 10 golds, though her event, snowboard cross, was last on the program in 2016.
The X Games continue later Friday with women’s ski big air (Olympic debut in 2022) and women’s and men’s ski halfpipe.
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Jamie Anderson wins 7th Winter X Games slopestyle title, ties Shaun White originally appeared on NBCSports.com