Just 24 hours after Sage Kotsenburg's unique, fluid snowboarding style earned him the first-ever Olympic gold medal in slopestyle, team USA's Jamie Anderson followed suit by winning the Feb. 9 ladies' competition at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Finland's Enni Rukajarvi finished second, while Jenny Jones of Great Britain took the bronze. Jones' third place finish scored Britain's first-ever Olympic medal on snow. Karly Shorr, the only other American rider to make the final, finished sixth.
Anderson, the 23-year old rider from South Lake Tahoe, found herself trailing the Czech Republic's Sarka Pancochova after a so-so first run. But the 2012 ESPY award winner roared to life in the second run so exceptionally well that Kotsenburg, who was watching the competition play out, tweeted "Just jumped out of my chair when @Jme_Anderson landed that run!! #Spoice" Her score of 95.25 bested that of Rukajarvi's best offering (92.50) by nearly three points.
A few hours after the competition, a grateful Anderson tweeted followers a photo and message that read "Only with the love and support from the most amazing family, friends, community and sponsors! So much gratitude."