- Melissa Larsen, General Editor, Action Sports
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TIGNES, FRANCE -- Winter X Europe 2011 Slopestyle gold medalist Jamie Anderson repeated her winning performance in women's slopestyle at Winter X Tignes 2012, taking gold with a run that included a 720 tail grab, a switch back 540 and solid, technical tricks in the rail section.
Anderson's first run score of 96 was enough to win, but she improved in her second run with a gap to Cab 270 off, half Cab in backside tailslide to fakie off the top rails into a Cab 720, switch backside 540, frontside 720, and followed it up sold tailpress on the bottom rainbow rail to 270 out to up her score to 98. Anderson is also the Burton Global Open series and TTR World Tour slopestyle champion. This is her fifth Winter X gold medal.
Spencer O'Brien gave Anderson a run for her money, coming out with a run that included a switch frontside 180 gap to 5-0 to backside 180 off, frontside boardslide, backside 540 to super smooth switch backside 540, frontside 720, with a solid grab held all the way, and a full 40-ft nose slide to 180 out on the rainbow rail. She fell on a 900 attempt on her last run, but her first-run score of 92.66 kept her solidy in silver-medal position throughout the contest.
WX Europe 2011 bronze medalist Enni Rükajarvi came in third with a back 540, Cab 540 and a frontside 720 for 88 points.
"It means so much," said Anderson of her win. "I'm so happy to be here with all the girls. I wanted to try to do a 900. I haven't gotten it yet. A little bit more work -- maybe next contest."
Jamie Anderson wins Women's Snowboard Slopestyle at Winter X Tignes 2012 in the French Alps.