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Slopestyle Star Jamie Anderson Brings U.S. Gold

Winner Jamie Anderson of the U.S. jumps during the women's snowboard slopestyle finals event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor, February 9, 2014. LUCAS JACKSON / Reuters

Self-confessed California hippie Jamie Anderson kept calm in the frenzy of a dramatic women's snowboarding slopestyle final to clinch the first Olympic gold medal in the event on Sunday.

Going third last in what had been a low-scoring contest on an intimidating course at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, the 23-year-old laid down a superb solid run to score 95.25 and blow away the competition.

Image: Second placed Finland's Rukajarvi, winner Anderson of the U.S. and third placed Britain's Jones celebrate during a flower ceremony after the women's snowboard slopestyle finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor
Second placed Finland's Enni Rukajarvi, winner Jamie Anderson of the U.S. and third placed Britain's Jenny Jones celebrate during a flower ceremony after competing in the women's snowboard slopestyle finals event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor, on Feb. 9, 2014. MIKE BLAKE / Reuters

Anderson's victory gave the United States a sweep of the first two gold medals in snowboarding slopestyle after Sage Kotsenburg won the men's event on Saturday.

"It feels amazing, goodness," Anderson told reporters.

"To be here and represent my country, and just everything that has to do with the Olympics is such an honor and I'm so grateful right now."

— Reuters