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As the weather took a turn, concerns around speed to pull off tricks on the large jump features due to loose snow and wind resulted in a meeting of competitors and Dew Tour organizers, who made the collaborative decision to eliminate the jump portion of the slopestyle course in the final - a regular part of the protocol taken whenever making changes to the competition format is required. Utilizing the first four rails at the top of the course, athletes stepped up to the challenge to swap out their previous game plan in order to post the biggest score of three attempts.

 

Initially, the majority of the field struggled to land a clean run, with the exception of Miyabi Onitsuka who masterfully showed off a technically sound routine from the get-go, unleashing style and technical prowess in all three attempts. Not to be outdone, Jamie Anderson answered back by stepping up her creativity. As the only rider in the field to utilize the crowd-pleasing wallride feature, Anderson took the lead over Onitsuka in her third run with a score of 92.66 to pocket her 11th Dew Tour Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle title.

 

“There’s a lot of progression on the rails, I’m just trying to keep up with these ninjas,” said Jamie Anderson in reference to her opponents. “We all have to adapt when it comes to Slope, and being human, all of us have to adapt to what’s around us. It’s unfortunate we weren’t able to ride jumps but I’m proud to put one down and I’m stoked on all the girls riding so well.”

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Though the defending champ’s best score also came on her final run, Gasser wound up rounding out the podium in third. In the end, dominance on the slopestyle course was felt by Anderson, Onitsuka, and Gasser regardless of the lack of jumps.

 

Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Results

 

1.) Jamie Anderson, 92.66
2.) Miyabi Onitsuka, 91.66
3.) Anna Gasser, 88
4.) Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, 85.66
5.) Enni Rukajarvi, 81.33
6.) Hailey Langland, 79.33
7.) Silje Norendal, 73.33
8.) Klaudia Medlova, 41.33

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