Anderson blows away field, wins gold in women's slopestyle

[WILL GRAVES]

Snowboarding - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Women's Slopestyle Finals - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 12, 2018 - Jamie Anderson of the U.S. competes.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- Jamie Anderson finished her run, glanced up at the scoreboard and stuck out her tongue for the world to see, a gesture not made out of frustration but simple relief. 

The American snowboarding star had reached the bottom of wind-whipped Phoenix Snow Park in the women's slopestyle finals intact and upright.

On a day where conditions were tricky at best and treacherous at worst -- one that left many in the 25-woman final wondering what they were even doing there in the first place -- it was more than enough for Anderson to make Olympic history.

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