Riding in her first slopestyle World Cup since 2017, two-time reigning Olympic champion Jamie Anderson was the standout of the women’s field from her first day of training to her winning run of the competition, with her smooth and powerful style putting her a cut above on the challenging Mammoth course.
In her first run of the two-run final, Jamie Anderson started out on the rails with a stylish backside lipslide, into a boardslide through the double kink rail, and then a boardslide 270 out on the rainbow rail.
Through the jumps, she went backside 540 Indy on the tough quarterpipe-Esque wing jump, into a cab Underflip 540 on the first table, and finally a frontside 720 mute to finish things off, earning herself a score of 83.40 and her ninth career World Cup win.
Second place on the day with a score of 76.16 went to Laurie Blouin (CAN), and while her stand-out second run that included a cab double 900 Mute on the final hit was impressive and well-worthy of the podium, perhaps the most incredible part of her run was the fact that a magnitude 4.7 earthquake shook Mammoth Mountain just as she was pointing it towards her final hit.
While Laurie Blouin herself didn’t feel the quake - getting ready to throw a cab double 900 takes a lot of focus - those gathered around the slopestyle course sure did, and the earth’s rumbling added something of a surreal feeling to the rest of the day’s riding.
Just behind Laurie Blouin in third place with a score of 75.83 was Katie Ormerod (GBR), who took her third-straight slopestyle World Cup podium with a super smooth run that featured the best women’s rail line, with a half-cab 50-50, 50-50 to frontside boardslide, and a boardslide pretzel out. With Saturday’s performance Katie Ormerod maintained her lead atop the World Cup slopestyle rankings, and now has 2000 points to Laurie Blouin’s 1200.