Jessika Jenson spinning her way into the history books as part of the first-ever U.S. Olympic slopestyle snowboarding team. (Getty Images/Cameron Spencer)
Jamie Anderson cleaned up her second run to earn the first-ever women’s slopestyle snowboarding gold medal Sunday at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
The inaugural slopestyle snowboarding qualification kicked off the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi Thursday. Jamie Anderson (pictured) and Karly Shorr advanced straight to the finals after finishing second and fourth in their heat.
Additional snowboarding athletes, including Ryan Stassel, have been nominated to the 2014 Olympic team.
Jamie Anderson took the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix overall slopestyle title and a $10,000 cash prize with her win Saturday at Mammoth Mountain.
Olympic halfpipe champion Shaun White mathematically clinched a spot on the first-ever U.S. Olympic team for slopestyle snowboarding on Thursday at the Paul Mitchell Slopestyle at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain.
Sixteen-year-old Ty Walker landed the top spot for the USA with her fourth-place finish at the Paul Mitchell Slopestyle at the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix.
Olympians Seth Wescott, Nate Holland, Nick Baumgartner, and Faye Gulini lead a team of 29 top ranked athletes named to the 2013 FIS World Snowboarding Championships Team.
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The up and coming self-starter Jessika Jenson started doing competitions at age 14 at local Idaho resorts, namely Kelly Canyon and Grand Targhee. With appearances at every possible open event, Jenson began climbing the ranks and mingling with other talented riders. During the last three years, Jenson has continued to progress her riding and her bag of tricks, which includes her signature frontside 720.
The 2014 season was Jenson’s best yet. At the final two Olympic qualifiers at the Mammoth U.S. Sprint Grand Prix Jenson earned back-to-back third-place finishes, landing her a spot on the first-ever Olympic slopestyle snowboarding team. After a solid thirteenth place in Sochi, Jenson continued to climb the international ranks with an eighth at the Burton U.S. Open, punctuating a great season for this rising star.
FIRST TRACKSJenson started skiing at age six at Kelly Canyon Ski Resort near Rigby, ID. By 10 she made the switch to snowboarding, and although she never had lessons, the entire Jenson family went to the mountain every weekend to “pretend to know what we were doing…we eventually caught on,” she said.
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