Photos: Jeff Brockmeyer
Jamie Anderson just can’t be beat, even with some bruised ribs from a nasty fall during practice on Tuesday. The Sochi Olympic slopestyle gold medalist battled through the pain and rose to the occasion this afternoon, locking down her first slopestyle win of the season and fifth overall win in the Dew Tour series.
She walked away 25,000-dollars richer after stomping her first run, which consisted of a backside lipslide to boardslide 270 out on the upper rails, followed by a backside 540 mute to Cab 720 tail on the middle jumps. Next, she rolled into a switch boardslide 270 out to switch backside 540 on the second list jump, ending with a huge frontside 720 on the bottom money booter.
“This is the gnarliest shit ever--having to wait all day, watching the boys destroy the course, and then having to store your energy and compete at three in the afternoon is crazy,” said Anderson while sipping a glass of green juice following the awards ceremony. “We are some tough chicks. Sometimes I’m tired of being tough! The only thing that was good about the contest being so late in the day was that I was able to conserve my energy with each hour before the event. The day before semi-finals, I knocked a couple ribs out of place in practice. I was able to get them worked on the day of semi-finals, but I was in so much pain I didn’t think I was going to be able to put a run down and just barely qualified fourth. So today I’m glad I had a bit of time to chill. I’m really excited about this win and how progressive the women’s riding is. I think we’ll see some really amazing tricks from the field of women this season. I have been working on some new tricks including some rodeos and 10s and I hope to break them out soon.”
Sochi Olympic slopestyle silver medalist Enni Rukajarvi also came out swinging today and took second place with a run that was super smooth and stylish, spinning frontside and backside, plus switch frontside and switch backside off every jump. On the last hit of her second run, she attempted a backside 900 but scrubbed the landing. Had she stomped it, she would have given Anderson a run for her money, literally, as this overall run was more technically advanced.
Enni Rukajarvi’s Second Place Run
“Everyone is going so big, and it’s really awesome to be apart of that progression,” said Rukajarvi following the event. “I worked really hard in the off-season, so I’m just really happy to start the season off with this second place finish.”
Rounding out the podium was New Zealand’s Christy Prior, who squeaked her way into finals by winning the last chance qualifier during Wednesday’s semi-finals. Having almost missed finals, then finding herself on the podium was a bit overwhelming for Prior as it was the biggest contest she’s ever placed in.
“I was just stoked to make finals, but this, this is crazy,” she said. “I mean the podium at Dew Tour? This is amazing. This is definitely the biggest contest I’ve placed in. I’m really stoked to be with these girls and the riding was just so amazing. I just wanted to come out here and have fun, and that’s what I did. I’m really happy. Snowboarding is so fun!”
Christy Prior’s Third Place Run
The competition marked the first major slopestyle event of the 2014-2015 season.
Dew Tour 2014 Women’s Slopestyle Results
1. Jamie Anderson 96.25
2. Enni Rukajarvi 93.25
3. Christy Prior 90.00
4. Spencer O’Brien 86.25
5. Sina Candrian 71.25
6. Anna Gasser 24.75
Action from the Dew Tour continues with the snowboard streetstyle tonight and Men’s and Women’s pipe finals tomorrow. Keep it locked to TWSNOW for all the breaking action from on site in Breck.