Jamie Anderson celebrates winning gold in women's snowboard slopestyle at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on February 12, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. Finland's Sochi Olympic silver medallist Enni Rukajarvi and Austrian favourite Anna Gasser were among those to struggle.
The final will still be held Monday (Sunday night in the U.S.), but all 27 athletes will now compete in the final, and it will be a two-run format.
Only five riders made it down the first run without falling in the difficult conditions, which also included hard snow, with Anderson scoring 83.00 points to give her an nearly 10-point advantage heading into the second run.
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Anderson's gold marks Team USA's second gold medal of PyeongChang 2018 after snowboarder Red Gerard won gold over the weekend. Those qualifying runs had originally been scheduled for Sunday afternoon - but high winds changed that plan. Two of Anderson's fellow Americans in the field, Jessika Jenson and Haley Langland, finished in the top 10. 'It's a s-tshow, ' said Dutch rider Cheryl Maas. Norendal didn't improve on her second run, which only helped Anderson's chances at securing the gold.
Only five of the 25 riders made it through their first runs with anything close to a clean set and those who did - Anderson included - settled for more of a watered down routine that emphasized sanity over sizzle.