Anna Gasser was excited when she heard the news that Big Air was added to the2018 Winter Olympics, and now she sits with the top spot headed into the finals on Thursday with a 98.00 after beating out the rest of the field with a cab double 1080 on her second run. The riding level was extremely competitive for the qualifier, with a 76.75 coming in as the lowest score advancing.
The venue for the 2018 Winter Olympics Big Air debut. PHOTO: Mark Clavin
Already safely seated in the top five, Gasser dropped in front of a sizable crowd at the Alpensia Ski Resort, which has been used predominately for the ski jumping portion of the 2018 Winter Olympics until today, and rode away with first place firmly in her grasp after executing a stylish cab double cork 1080. It will be hard to top come finals, but the United States’ Jamie Anderson, as well as Japan’s Reira Iwabuchi and Yuka Fujimori, will battle Anna and the field of 12 for a chance at the first ever Olympic gold medal in the sport.
Notably, U.S. favorite Hailey Langland did not qualify for finals after failing to put down a second run with a high enough score, but three other U.S. riders will make an appearance in the final (Jessika Jenson, Jamie Anderson, Julia Marino). Full results below:
1. Anna Gasser 2. Yuka Fukimori 3. Reira Iwabuchi 4. Laurie Blouin 5. Zoi Synnott 6. Jamie Anderson 7. Miyabi Onitsuka 8. Sina Candrian 9. Julia Marino 10.Silje Norendal 11. Spencer O’Brien 12. Jessika Jenson