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Countdown to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Anderson Claims World Championships Silver

By Jamie Wanzek
March, 12 2021
Jamie
Jamie Anderson (left) on the podium with Zoi Sadowski Synnott (center) and Tess Coady (right) at the Aspen 2021 FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships snowboard slopestyle finals. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Sarah Brunson)

Jamie Anderson kicked off the World Championships with flair and triumph, taking the silver medal in slopestyle on the first day of finals at the Aspen 2021 FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships, featuring the Visa Big Air presented by Land Rover, at Buttermilk in Aspen, Colo., Friday.

"I honestly feel so happy," said Anderson. "I gave it my all today." 

Spring conditions provided an ideal riding environment and the perfect weather, and dialed course, allowed for a solid showing in both men's and women's snowboard slopestyle finals.  

After finishing second in qualifiers, Anderson put down a solid first run in finals to take the top seat after the first of three runs with a notable frontside 720 Weddle on her final air. In her second run, Anderson attempted to raise the bar and land a 1080 Weddle on the final air, although under-rotating and slid out. Among her mix in the third and final run, Anderson perfectly styled her rails and first two airs; although attempting to finish what she started, she washed out of her final frontside 1080 Weddle and was unable to take over first place. 

"Although I wasn't able to connect my 10, I am genuinely so happy for Zoi (Sadowski-Synnott)," said Anderson. We've been battling all year, and that last run she put down was flawless. The future (of women's snowboarding) is in good hands. I am proud of her and all the girls." 

New Zealand's Zoi Sadowski Synnott completed a strong run with a backside 1080 on her final air to take the gold, while Australia's Tess Coady took the bronze.

The men put on an equally impressive display of talent, with Norway's Marcus Kleveland winning the gold, Canada's Sebastien Toutant with the silver, and Finland's Rene Rinnekangas taking the bronze. U.S. Freeski Team's Red Gerard was fourth, Dusty Henricksen seventh, Chris Corning 11th, and Lyon Farrell 12th.

"Today was a gorgeous day," said Toutant. "The course was perfect, the weather was perfect, and everyone killed it." 

After his first run, Gerard held the top spot through his clean and confident rails and jumps, pulling a switch back triple Weddle in the final air. His second run included a stylish switch Blunt 270, although washing out a back 1260 Melon on his second air, in-venue announcer Jon "DC" Oetken awarded Gerard with the 'Best Craig Kelly Tribute Melon Grab' of the day.

Teammates Henricksen, Corning, and Farrell all stepped up in their runs, displaying loads of talent. Henricksen completed his rails and a considerable back Triple Weddle on the final air — styled in spring t-shirt fashion. Corning had an exceptionally stylish 50-50 backside to Rodeo in the rails both runs, also attempting a quad 1800 melon on the final air, while Farrell proved his skills through a clean rail section and a back 1620 Melon. 

Tune in for more World Championships snowboarding action Saturday with snowboard halfpipe finals, where Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim will look to defend her World Championship title. 

RESULTS
Women’s snowboard slopestyle 
Men’s snowboard slopestyle

START LISTS
Women’s snowboard halfpipe
Men’s snowboard halfpipe


HOW TO WATCH 
All times EST

Saturday, March 13   
11:30 a.m. FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships - Freeski Slopestyle - LIVE, Aspen, Colo., Streaming Peacock
12:00 p.m. FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships - Snowboard Slopestyle - next-day broadcast, Aspen, Colo., Broadcast NBC
1:00 p.m. FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships - Freeski Slopestyle - same-day broadcast, Aspen, Colo., Broadcast Olympic Channel
3:00 p.m. FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships - Snowboard Halfpipe - LIVE, Aspen, Colo., Broadcast Olympic Channel, Streaming Peacock

Sunday, March 14
12:00 a.m. FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships - Freeski Halfpipe - next-day broadcast, Aspen, Colo., Broadcast NBCSN
11:55 a.m. FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships - Women’s Snowboard Big Air Qualifying - LIVE, Aspen, Colo., Streaming Peacock
12:00 p.m. FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships - Snowboard Halfpipe - next-day broadcast, Aspen, Colo., Broadcast NBC
2:10 p.m. FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships - Men’s Snowboard Big Air Qualifying, heat 1 - LIVE, Aspen, Colo., Streaming Peacock
4:25 p.m. FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships - Men’s Snowboard Big Air Qualifying, heat 2 - LIVE, Aspen, Colo., Streaming Peacock

Monday, March 15
11:55 a.m. FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships - Women’s Freeski Big Air Qualifying - LIVE, Aspen, Colo., Streaming Peacock
2:10 p.m. FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships - Men’s Freeski Big Air Qualifying, heat 1 - LIVE, Aspen, Colo., Streaming Peacock
4:25 p.m. FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships - Men’s Freeski Big Air Qualifying, heat 2 - LIVE, Aspen, Colo., Streaming Peacock

Tuesday, March 16
12:00 p.m. FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships - Freeski Big Air - LIVE, Aspen, Colo., Broadcast NBCSN, Streaming Peacock
1:30 p.m. FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships - Freeski Slopestyle - delayed broadcast, Aspen, Colo., Broadcast NBCSN
3:30 p.m. FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships - Snowboard Big Air - LIVE, Aspen, Colo., Broadcast NBCSN, Streaming Peacock

Sunday, April 11
2:00 p.m. FIS Snowboard and Freeski World Championships - Championships Event Recap, Aspen, Colo., Broadcast NBC

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