BEIJING (AP) – Jamie Anderson and Julia Marina burst before qualifying for the women’s Big Air snowboard.
BEIJING (AP) – Jamie Anderson and Julia Marina have burst soap bubbles before qualifying for the women’s Big Air snowboard.
Behind the scenes, these pandemic Olympics were not what they had hoped for.
“Just like a little touched,” Anderson said. “I’m glad to go home.”
Anderson destroyed her first two jumps in qualifying Monday and was unable to reach the final, and Marina dropped out of the competition after a heavy fall during training over the weekend. Distant teammate from the US Hailey Langland will be the only American in the final after finishing 12th and last.
The 31-year-old Anderson came to China as a two-time reigning champion in slopestyle and won silver at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. Last week, she took ninth place trying to defend her slopestyle titles and then said on Instagram that she “just couldn’t stand the pressure” and that her “mental health and clarity just weren’t on the same level”.
“It was, frankly, difficult,” she said Monday. “We’ve been here so long and I feel like our whole team is just over it. Slightly holding on to the wobbly strand of hair. He was also tired of food, missed his homeland, tired of the pressure. “
The Californian said she was in the best overall space on Monday, but things quickly fell apart when she flew off twice, trying to do a pretty conservative double somersault from the cockpit.
Anderson needed a big trick in the 3rd wound and then a lot of luck to reach the final. She raised her end, throwing down a double stopper 1080 – two off-axis rotations with three rotations. It brought her 89.75 points, the second most successful trick of the day, and briefly pushed her into the top 12.
But luck did not follow. She finished 15th.
“God, sincerely broken heart,” she said. “It’s kind of like such a high maximum if you’re doing well here, and, for example, the worst is the lowest if you can’t get together.”
Before the Olympics, Anderson had a rocky road, including hacking her car and uncharacteristic skirmishes. She says she is not ready to retire, but does not know what awaits her next when it comes to snowboarding.
“Part of me just wants to quit smoking, part wants to work harder and wants to come back and win everything because I know I’m capable,” she said. “For me it was a long way. I will definitely find some time and ride for free, ride (powder), and then readjust and see how I feel.
Marina, who won a silver medal in the slopestyle competition last week, was set to be 23rd in the 30 snowboarders category, ahead of 2018 gold medalist Anna Gasser of Austria. It was a surprise when she didn’t show up.
The U.S. snowboard team said Marina fell during training a few days ago and “prefers her health.”
Scratching Marina was a late decision. A Connecticut resident shared a video in which she engaged in a Big Air Shougang on Instagram about 12 hours before qualifying, encouraging subscribers to tune in.
Langland said Marina was shocked physically and mentally by her fall.
“I don’t think it’s right to pressure yourself when mentally and physically, you’re not all there,” Langland said. “That’s when it gets really dangerous, and I’m really proud of her for standing up for herself and urging me not to drive today.”
Gold medalist in slopestyle Zoe Sadowski Sinot from New Zealand made the biggest jump in qualifying with a double stopper of 1080 and finished first. The second and third were Japanese teammates Kokoma Murase and Reira Iwabuti, respectively. Gasser finished sixth.
The current Olympic gold medalist Sebastian Tutan from Canada crashed badly during the men’s qualifiers and will not defend his title.
Tutan had to do a big trick in his third run to crack the top 12, but he crashed into an icy slope, trying a triple stopper 1620 – three off-axis turns with 4 1/2 turns.
The 29-year-old fell on his back and his head tilted back so hard that it completely knocked down his glasses. He lay for a few minutes before being helped to get up and leave.
After qualifying, Canadian Max Parrot, who won gold in slopestyle last week, leads, followed by Takeru Otsuka from Japan and American Red Gerard, who won gold in slopestyle in 2018.
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