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SOCHI---South Korean organisers
of the 2018 Winter Olympics say
there have been no talks with North
Korea about forming a joint team
for the games.
Leaders of the 2018 Games in
Pyeongchang are in Sochi to
Pyeongchang is located in
northeast South Korea near the
demilitarised zone that separates
the two Koreas.
Its province was cut into North
and South Korean sides after the
1950-53 Korean War, which ended
in a truce.
South Korean organisers have
said the Olympics will help promote
peace on the divided peninsula.
Organising chief Kim Jin-sun says
"there have been no official
discussions" with the North on
forming a joint team.
He says officials will continue to
explore some "joint programs" that
would be contingent on "the
improvement of overall inter-Korean
KRASNAYA POLYANA---There was a lot of
ugliness out on that supersized Olympic
slopestyle course yesterday---crashes, splash-
es, face plants, even a cracked helmet.
As she so often does, Jamie Anderson made
things look beautiful again.
The world s most consistent rider came
through big under a huge amount of pres-
sure---"I was freaking out," she said---riding
clean on the rails and stomping down three
high-flying jumps on her second, and make-
or-break trip down the mountain. She scored
a 95.25 on that run to make America two for
two in slopestyle s colorful and treacherous
debut on the Olympic stage.
"It s kind of a big deal," said the gold medal-
ist, who earlier this winter had conceded she
was heading to Russia with some reservations
about what the Olympics really stand for.
"This is The Event."
Enni Rukajarvi of Finland won silver and
Jenny Jones took bronze to give Britain its
first Olympic medal on the snow.
A heady piece of history for Jones, the 33-
year-old, one-time ski resort housekeeper
from Bristol, who was unapologetic in revealing
she prepared for the big day by watching
"Downton Abbey" back at her place in the
Jones calls Anderson a "hippie," and it s
true, the 23-year-old from South Lake Tahoe,
California, likes yoga and meditation---and
granola every now and then.
"I think it s fair to say Jamie marches to
the beat of her own drummer," American
coach Mike Jankowski said. "She likes to do
things her way out here."
Much as she wanted to relax while getting
ready for her final run, she said it was, indeed,
a little disconcerting standing at the top of
the mountain, watching rider after rider take
a fall. Of the 24 runs in finals, no fewer than
17 of them included a hand drag, a fall or
worse---and that wasn t counting Austrian
Anna Gasser s failed climb back up the first
embankment after she was given the go sign
a second too soon.
Isabel Derungs of Switzerland fell off a rail
and face planted into the snow.
Silje Norendal, the Norwegian who handed
Anderson one of her few losses two weeks
ago at the Winter X Games, fell off the first
rail, bobbled on the second, then washed out
completely on her second jump.
Worst of all, Sarka Pancochova of the Czech
Republic lost it on the first jump of her second
run, the back of her head slamming against
the snow. Her body skittered down the hill,
flipping side to side, with her legs flopping
like a rag doll. Somehow, she got up and rode
down the hill under her own power. When
she got there, she showed off a pencil-wide
crack that ran the length of her helmet.
"Well, it seems broken, but that s what
they are for, right?" said Pancochova, who
was not seriously injured, according to team
Against that backdrop, and overcast skies,
Anderson, who lost her balance and nearly
fell on the final jump of her opening run,
reached the starting gate for the second.
"I was just visualizing, like, seeing myself
already landing and coming down here," she
said. "Just trying to believe."
She made a mini-Usain Bolt pose, as if get-
ting ready to arch an arrow, pounded on her
snow pants, then took off.
On a course thought by some to be too
tough for women, where even Anderson fell
and hurt her back during training, she was
She executed her half-rotating jumps on
and off the rails---the most technical part of
these runs---without problem, then set up for
the show: Cab 720 jump with a grab, switch-
back 540 with a grab, frontside 720. That s
three jumps with a total of 5½ rotations and
two fancy grabs of the snowboard. The land-
ings: All perfect. Everyone knew it, including
Anderson, who spread-eagled her arms as
she crossed the finish line. Safe.
"Jamie is a lot of things," said 19-year-old
Karly Shorr, who finished sixth. "Jamie is a
leader. She s an awesome person. She s a good
friend. She thinks about other people and,
honestly, she s a good competitor. She does
whatever she has to do to win. She never
cracks under pressure. She uses it. She lands
Jankowski said the United States came into
slopestyle s debut hoping for a pair of medals.
Shaun White pulled out, which may have
dimmed those chances, but Sage Kotsenburg
came up with the ride of his life to win the
men s contest Saturday.
Anderson had something different riding
on this outcome.
"Jamie has been the face of women s
slopestyle for quite a few years now," Jankowski
said of the four-time X Games champion who
routed the competition in four of five Olympic
qualifying contests this winter. "That s all
very important, but when you re at the
Olympics, you have to land your run at the
right time to cement your legacy."
Anderson will celebrate with five of her
sisters, a brother, a niece and her 80-some-
thing Bavarian neighbor, Gabriela, who she
calls her "spirit grandmother."
Her mom, Lauren, was there, too, holding
a red-and-yellow scarf that read "Team
"She s tough. She s a go-getter. She knows
how to stay calm when the tension is on,
somehow," Lauren said of a daughter who
turned pro when she was 13.
Must be all that Zen-like peace she gets
from yoga and meditation, right?
"No," Mom said. "Chutzpah. She s got that
chutzpah thing." (AP)
Gold medalist in the women's snowboard slopestyle Jamie Anderson of the United States smiles during the medals ceremony at the 2014
Winter Olympics, yesterday, in Sochi, Russia. AP PHOTO
Crashes, splashes and cracks
...but Anderson completes Olympic sweep
No talks on joint Korean team for 2018 Games
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