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Lake Tahoe's Jamie Anderson becomes first-ever women's slopeside gold medalist

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Favored to win is never that easy, especially at the Olympics. Just ask Shaun White.

Although White couldn’t ultimately deliver in Sochi, the favored Jamie Anderson certainly did, making her last effort her best one in the slopestyle competition.

Anderson, a Lake Tahoe product who grew up challenging anything and everything at Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort, laid down a superb run on her final trip down the tricky and somewhat dangerous slopeside course in Sochi, scoring a 95.25 to claim gold in the snowboarding competition.

The eclectic Anderson definitely has a different method for staying calm. Anderson said she had prepared for the finals by listening to yoga tapes and lighting candles.

Anderson’s victory meant an American sweep in the slopestyle event, which was making its Olympic debut. U.S. snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg won the men’s event.

“Jamie’s an awesome competitor,” said Karly Shorr, Anderson’s U.S. teammate, who finished 6th. “She does whatever she has to win. She never cracks under pressure. She uses it. She lands.”

For Anderson, the dream is now reality.

“I think most of us have been thinking about this for a few years,” Anderson said. “To just have that moment come so quick and really knowing this is your moment, you just want to shine and do your best and show the world what a fun sport snowboarding is.”

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