Jamie Anderson knows how to play it cool. She’s not one to get too high or too low or let the weight of a moment impact how she rides. On the biggest stage for snowboarding, she knew how to withstand the drastic pressure that is being the favorite in an event making its debut on the Olympic stage. She needed a big run on a course that had caused problems for the majority of the riders in the field, and she did just that. She rose when the rest fell, just as she’s done so many times before.
And she won the first-ever Olympic gold in the debut of women’s snowboard Slopestyle. “Elder states(wo)man” Jenny Jones of Great Britain took the bronze.