Anna Gasser edges out Jamie Anderson for big air gold

Anna Gasser edges out Jamie Anderson for big air gold

The 26-year-old raised her arms in triumph and embraced Anderson after the score flashed.

In the final run, neither Anderson or Sadowski Synnott landed jumps capable of besting their previous two scores, but last out the gate, Gasser landed a 96.00 to steal gold at the death and write her name into the history books.

Austria's Anna Gasser became the first Olympic big air snowboarding champion as she finished ahead of American Jamie Anderson in the ladies' inaugural final on Thursday.

Each rider had three runs, with the two best counting toward their final score.

Anderson sent a message with her first jump, a near flawless frontside 1080.

Anderson ended up with a silver medal, but it was almost a gold. She maintained the lead until Gasser bumped her down on the very last run of the contest. Her landing was just about ideal and she seemed to know she'd come through well before the scoreboard confirmed it.

"As athletes we always want to do our best, so if you don't do your best you don't feel that good about it", O'Brien said.

"I'm really proud of the tricks".

Anderson joins Kelly Clark and Shaun White on a record three Olympic medals in snowboard. It's her second medal of these Olympics and the third medal of her career.

New Zealand's Zoi Sadowski-Synnott took bronze thanks to a big score for her switch backside 900 on her second run.

A few hours later, fellow 16-year-old Kiwi Nico Porteous scored a bronze medal in men's freeski halfpipe to give New Zealand its third ever Winter Olympic medal.

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