Jamie Anderson soars to silver in big air for US

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Austria's Anna Gasser posted a massive score of 96.00 on her third run Thursday (Wednesday evening in the United States) to take home the first-ever gold medal in women's snowboarding big air at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

The inaugural gold medal for women's big air snowboarding came down to the final run.

New Zealand's Zoi Sadowski-Synnott took bronze.

The Austrian, who was the favorite for the event, was trailing Anderson going into the final run but hit a switch double 1080 to overtake her rival in the standings.

Jamie, 27, looked to be on for her second gold in Korea when Anna Gasser produced a leap that snatched the gold away from the Californian. Anderson survived the blustery conditions to claim gold on a day when only nine of the 50 runs were completed cleanly.

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The event, which sees boarders ride down a long ramp before performing tricks off a jump, was previously only held at the X Games and the International Ski Federation World Championships. All riders get three attempts, with the two highest scores counting toward their total. She was definitely going for gold.

Although Anderson will be disappointed to finish in second place, she did make history with her performance. Anderson, however, couldn't add to her lead after a sloppy landing, giving Gasser one last shot. She soared into the void, grabbing her board as she somersaulted her way to the bottom.

"So I was just so happy to come here and do what I wanted to do".

Sadowski Synott was a distant third with a total of 157.50, though it hardly mattered.

"My second medal feels awesome", Anderson, the first woman to win two medals in snowboard at a single Winter Olympics, said.

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