With best two-out-of-three scoring, Anna Gasser dropped for her third-and-final run sitting in the silver medal position. After landing a flawless backside double cork 1080 and waiting for an eventual 96.00 to flash across the scoring screen, she officially overtook Jamie Anderson, who had been leading the whole time, for the first ever gold awarded in Snowboard Big Air on the Olympic stage. Jamie Anderson did all that she could to stay in the lead until the final rider on the day, Gasser, put together a combined score of 185.00, which was over seven points higher than her total of 177.25.
New Zealand’s young rider, Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, had a strong showing on the day ending up with a bronze along the two freestyle giants. For the first ever Olympic Big Air final, we’d say it was quite the story, filled with progression, drama, and another third-and-final drop winner. Check back soon for more coverage from the 2018 Winter Olympics right here on TransWorld SNOWboarding!
Anna Gasser was excited when she heard the news that Big Air was added to the2018 Winter Olympics, and now she sits with the top spot headed into the finals on Thursday with a 98.00 after beating out the rest of the field with a cab double 1080 on her second run. The riding level was extremely competitive for the qualifier, with a 76.75 coming in as the lowest score advancing.
The venue for the 2018 Winter Olympics Big Air debut. PHOTO: Mark Clavin
Already safely seated in the top five, Gasser dropped in front of a sizable crowd at the Alpensia Ski Resort, which has been used predominately for the ski jumping portion of the 2018 Winter Olympics until today, and rode away with first place firmly in her grasp after executing a stylish cab double cork 1080. It will be hard to top come finals, but the United States’ Jamie Anderson, as well as Japan’s Reira Iwabuchi and Yuka Fujimori, will battle Anna and the field of 12 for a chance at the first ever Olympic gold medal in the sport.
Notably, U.S. favorite Hailey Langland did not qualify for finals after failing to put down a second run with a high enough score, but three other U.S. riders will make an appearance in the final (Jessika Jenson, Jamie Anderson, Julia Marino). Full results below:
Anna Gasser had the season of a lifetime, landing on nearly every major podium the world over, and it seems that the audience took notice, as evidenced by her win in the Women’s Reader’s Choice category. This award recognizes pro snowboarders who have broken down the barriers of our little sub-culture and burst out onto a mainstream stage across the globe, and Anna’s just getting started. With the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang right around the corner, she’s a surefire favorite to medal and if that happens, Anna is going to go from pro snowboarder to full-on celebrity, blanketing magazines and televisions all over the world, and we can’t wait to tag along for the ride.
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Snowboarders cleaned up at this year’s ESPY Awards, as Mark McMorris and Anna Gasser claimed titles for Best Male and Best Female Acton Sports Athletes. This is the first ESPY for each of the riders; marking Anna’s first nomination and McMorris’ fourth.
Mark missed the awards, but nonetheless was stoked on the win and took to his social accounts to thank fans and voice his excitement.
On Twitter, Mark posted an emoticon-filled message saying, “Holy shieeetttt!!! Was out boating and got the call that I won my first ESPY—Thank you all for voting!”
Mark beat out John John Florence (surf), Nyah Huston (skate), and Oystein Braaten (ski) for the award.
This past season was filled with many highs and a few lows for Mark who earned three X Games golds, two World Cup titles, and a Burton US Open win in Slopestyle. In March, Mark sustained a burly injury while filming in the backcountry. He is currently rehabbing and working hard to get back on track and has sights set on the 2018 Olympics for both slopestyle and big air.
Anna attended the ESPYs and got all dolled up for the grand affair held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
“I can’t believe I’m holding this trophy in my hands,” Gasser said while accepting her award.
The 25-year-old beat out Kelly Sildaru (ski), Lacey Baker (skateboard), and Tyler Wright (surf), to earn the coveted award.
Gasser had herself one hell of a season and bagged four wins at five events, including gold in slopestyle at the Burton US Open, and gold in slope at X Games Norway.
Anna also has her attention set toward the Olympics, where she hopes to bring home medals to her native homeland of Austria, in both big air and slopestyle.