Anderson’s secret weapons tame conditions and the field to retain slopestyle gold

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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Jamie Anderson wanted to run the contest. And that might be the reason she won.

After Sunday’s qualifying round in women’s snowboard slopestyle was canceled due to high winds, all 26 riders advanced into the final. They arrived at Phoenix Snow Park on Monday morning to equally strong winds that delayed the start by more than an hour. Many of the women said they wanted to push the contest to another day, but when the winds calmed, they agreed to ride the practice session.

“And then it was go time,” said Anderson, the defending gold medalist from Sochi. The contest director had decided the event was safe to run, so Anderson decided to control what she could control: how she responded to the call. After the contest, several riders said they felt that the decision to run the event was irresponsible and the conditions were dangerous, but Anderson said when the decision was made, she put extra wax on her board to help with speed, did some deep breathing to calm her

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