Olympics: Snowboarding - Women's slopestyle final delayed

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Strong cross-winds at Pyeongchang's Phoenix Snow Park have played havoc during the first run of the women's snowboard slopestyle final on Monday.

Spencer O'Brien, originally from Alert Bay with her hometown listed as Courtenay, was one of five snowboarders on the Canadian team for the 2018 Winter Olympics. The circumstances cut the typical two-run qualifying format and three-run final down to a two-run final with all competitors riding.

It was the second straight Olympic gold in the event for Anderson, a 27-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, California, who also won four years ago in Sochi.

Australian snowboarder Tess Coady took to Instagram to blame the wind for the injury she suffered in practice for qualifying on Sunday. Anderson was asked if she wanted to take a second run and opted to take a victory lap, winning with the score from her first run.

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Anderson posted a score of 83.00 in the first of her two runs then watched it hold up as rider after rider either crashed or bailed.

Many riders delayed the start of their second runs on the top of the hill, waiting to time it between the gusts of wind. "Almost all of the women in the field have crashed on account of the exceedingly windy conditions".

It wasn't all disastrous, however, as Blouin and Rukajarvi dazzled in their second showings and knocked Jenson and Norendal from the podium.

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