Snowboarding

The Associated Press - Sunday Feb. 9, 2014 05:36 ET

American Jamie Anderson takes women's slopestyle

Canada's O'Brien finishes 12th

Jamie Anderson wins Olympic snowboard slopestyle
Jamie Anderson of the United States waits to receive her score in her Women's Snowboard Slopestyle Finals during day two of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Im
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Jamie Anderson has given the United States a sweep in slopestyle snowboarding at the Sochi Olympics.

Anderson soared her way to gold medal in a near flawless run in the women's final on Sunday, a day after Sage Kotsenburg captured in the men's gold medal.

"I just want to break down right now and cry," said Anderson. "I felt so much mental and physical pressure.

"It's so much fun. It's so special to be out here, it feels amazing to come here and put together a run and land it. I'm so impressed with all the girls, I been thinking of this moment for a very long time."

Enni Rukajarvi of Finland took silver and Jenny Jones delivered a long-awaited medal for Britain with her bronze.

Canada's Spencer O'Brien failed to post a clean run on her two attempts in the final and finished 12th.

Anderson, who expressed concern about the difficulty of the course during training, posted a score of 95.25 on her second run fueled by big air after big air at tricky Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. She flipped her right mitten into the air after landing her final jump and clasped her hands over her face when realizing she'd won.

Mark McMorris of Regina won Canada's first medal at the Olympic Winter Games with a bronze in men's slopestyle on Saturday.

 

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