Jamie Anderson wins silver in first-ever Olympic women's snowboard big air

Gold medallist Anna Gasser of Austria is flanked by silver medallist Jamie Anderson of the U.S. and bronze medallist Zoi Sadowski Synnott of New Zealand

Anna Gasser just won the first-ever Women's Snowboarding Big Air gold medal

Anna Gasser produced the best score with the last jump to snatch gold from Jamie Anderson in the women's big air. Earlier in these Games, she successfully defended her slopestyle gold medal.

Snowboarding big air has been a fan favorite at the Winter X-Games since it was first introduced in 2011.

Unlike halfpipe, which has been part of the Olympics programme since the late '90s, big air will be making its debut on Wednesday night in the women's final.

Progression was the name of the game in the big air final, and the format created some interesting strategy.

"The level has been so high, and so it was so sick and a little different than a World Cup, especially after slopestyle where we didn't really show our best riding", Gasser said after her run, per Shawn Smith of NBCOlympics.com. Jamie Anderson started out with a deep frontside 1080 on her first run and a cab double cork 900 to cap of a silver performance coming in at a combined score of 177.25.

Gasser was extremely consistent throughout the competition.

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Anderson ended up with a silver medal.

For those reasons, Gasser gets the nod to collect her first Olympic gold medal.

Anderson led going into the final round but sat down while trying to land her last jump.

The medal is Anderson's second of these Olympics.

Zoi Sadowski Synnott earned bronze to give New Zealand its first Winter Olympic medal in 26 years.

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