Team USA skier Jamie Anderson began defending his Olympic title at the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday night.
Anderson, who has won two gold medals awarded in the event since it debuted at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, finished fifth in the skateboarding qualifiers and was one of only three Americans to advance to the final. . Team America members Julia Marino and Hailey Langland also qualified.
31-year-old Anderson opened his Olympics with a first-time record of 74.35.
She only scored 53.26 on the second run after falling on the final jump, but her best score of 74.35 was still enough to propel her into the final lap.
Marino is right behind Anderson in sixth place. The 24-year-old followed her first run at 2.91 with 71.78.
Langland, 21, also finished in the top 10 with 68.71 in his second run taking ninth place.
Langland finished sixth in the sport of skating at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, while Marino placed 11th.
With only the top 12 skiers reaching the ski-style final, 18-year-old Courtney Rummel of the United States missed her chance with 17th overall.
It was New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, widely seen as one of the biggest threats to Anderson’s peat trio, who scored a best of 86.75. Sadowski-Synnott, 20, won silver in the major aerial event at the 2018 Olympics.
Kokomo Murase, 17 from Japan, has the second best score with a record of 81.45. Finland’s two-time swimming medalist, Enni Rukajärvi, came in third with a score of 78.83. Rukajärvi was runner-up in 2014 and bronze medalist in 2018.
Austria’s Anna Gasser overtook Anderson in fourth with a score of 75.0.
Anderson will take his third straight gold medal in the skateboarding final on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. ET. She is looking to become the first skier to win the same event at three consecutive Olympics.
You can watch the final live on USA Network or stream it live on Peacock and NBCOlympics.com.
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