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Feb 9, 2014

American Anderson wins women’s slopestyle gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – American Jamie Anderson laid down the best run of the day to clinch the first Olympic gold medal in women’s snowboarding slopestyle at the Sochi Games on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Californian scored 95.25 on her second run to blow away the competition, leaving Enni Rukajarvi of Finland with silver and Jenny Jones the bronze — Britain’s first Olympic medal in a snow event.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-American Anderson wins women’s slopestyle gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – American Jamie Anderson laid down the best run of the day to clinch the first Olympic gold medal in women’s snowboarding slopestyle at the Sochi Games on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Californian scored 95.25 on her second run to blow away the competition, leaving Enni Rukajarvi of Finland with silver and Jenny Jones the bronze — Britain’s first Olympic medal in a snow event.

Feb 8, 2014

Emotional Kearney counts cost of error

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – American Hannah Kearney arrived in Sochi as clear favorite to retain her freestyle skiing moguls crown but one mistake on Saturday means she will leave her third and final Olympics with a bronze medal.

There was no looking at positives or celebration of winning a medal of any sort from the 27-year-old from Vermont, the tears that flowed unabated told the tale of a woman who felt she had just blown four years of hard work.

Feb 8, 2014

Olympics-Freestyle-Emotional Kearney counts cost of error

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) – American Hannah Kearney arrived in Sochi as clear favourite to retain her freestyle skiing moguls crown but one mistake on Saturday means she will leave her third and final Olympics with a bronze medal.

There was no looking at positives or celebration of winning a medal of any sort from the 27-year-old from Vermont, the tears that flowed unabated told the tale of a woman who felt she had just blown four years of hard work.

Feb 8, 2014

Dufour-Lapointe sisters take moguls one-two

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Justine Dufour-Lapointe claimed a stunning Olympic gold and led her sister Chloe to a Canadian one-two in the women’s moguls freestyle skiing at the Sochi Games on Saturday.

The sister-act simply outperformed Hannah Kearney of the United States on the third run of the final to leave the tearful defending champion with the bronze.

Feb 8, 2014

Olympics-Freestyle-Dufour-Lapointe sisters take moguls one-two

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Justine Dufour-Lapointe claimed a stunning Olympic gold and led her sister Chloe to a Canadian one-two in the women’s moguls freestyle skiing at the Sochi Games on Saturday.

The sister-act simply outperformed Hannah Kearney of the United States on the third run of the final to leave the tearful defending champion with the bronze.

Feb 8, 2014

Stylish Kotsenburg lands double first

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – American Sage Kotsenburg laid down an almost flawless first run to win the first gold medal of the Sochi Games as snowboarding slopestyle made a spectacular Olympic debut on Saturday.

Kotsenburg’s run, the third of the day, earned him 93.50 points, which proved enough to make him a surprise champion in a low-scoring contest where judges favoured stylists over big jumpers.

Feb 8, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-Stylish Kotsenburg wins slopestyle gold

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) – American Sage Kotsenburg rode an almost flawless first run to win the first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics in the men’s snowboarding slopestyle on Saturday.

Kotsenburg’s stylish run earned him 93.50 points from the judges which proved enough to claim the first Olympic gold in the event, which is making its debut in Sochi.

Feb 8, 2014

Judges need slopestyle education, says Guldemond

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Olympic snowboarding slopestyle judges need to be better educated about the cutting edge of the sport, said Chas Guldemond after the American failed to reach the final of the event on Saturday.

The 26-year-old, who sits on the board of the World Snowboard Tour, narrowly missed out on a place in the final in Thursday’s opening heats and failed to get into the top four again in Saturday’s semi-finals.

Feb 8, 2014

Olympics-Snowboarding-Judges need slopestyle education, says Guldemond

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Olympic snowboarding slopestyle judges need to be better educated about the cutting edge of the sport, said Chas Guldemond after the American failed to reach the final of the event on Saturday.

The 26-year-old, who sits on the board of the World Snowboard Tour, narrowly missed out on a place in the final in Thursday’s opening heats and failed to get into the top four again in Saturday’s semi-finals.

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