Snowboarding has been part of the Olympic Games since 1998, but the slopestyle event didn't make its debut until the 2014 Sochi Games. American Jamie Anderson won the inaugural event on the women's side, and the 27 year old entered the 2018 Pyeongchang Games with aspirations of becoming the first female snowboarder to win two gold medals. Despite treacherous winds, Anderson put forth an error-free run to record a score of 83.00, which was enough to beat second-place finisher Laurie Blouin, who scored 76.33. Anderson credited her impressive run in 30-mile-per-hour wind gusts to her calm mindset.
A native of Lake Tahoe, California, Anderson was home-schooled and spent a lot of time roaming through the woods and mountains as a child. A self-described "peaceful warrior," she regularly practices yoga, carries a backpack full of herbal remedies, and burns incense and bark to lower her stress levels.