South Lake Tahoe Native Jamie Anderson Takes Gold in Sochi

Jamie Anderson. Courtesy Team USA.

A South Lake Tahoe native has taken the first-ever women’s gold medal in the Olympic event of slopestyle.

Snowboarder Jamie Anderson came out on top Sunday in Sochi, a day after another American took gold in the men’s version of the event. ESPN and USA TODAY reported Anderson was a heavy favorite in the event, and celebrated her victory with 11 family members who made the trip to Russia.

Anderson, 23, was born in South Lake Tahoe and began snowboarding when she was 9, according to her official website. She still lives in Tahoe.

She bested Finnish competitor Enni Rukajarvi and British snowboarder Jenny Jones, who took silver and bronze, the Associated Press reported.

“I think most of us have been thinking about this for a few years,” the Associated Press quoted Anderson as saying. “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.”

Anderson had “expressed concern about the difficulty of the course,” the AP reported. She crashed on Wednesday and was left with an aching back, the news service said.

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