Winter Olympics Day 3 – Anderson defends slopestyle gold

The third day of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang saw American Jamie Anderson successfully defend her slopestyle gold, solidifying her reputation as the best rider in the sport.

While the windy on-course conditions created havoc for many of the participants, Anderson managed to avoid the carnage, sealing victory before her final run was even complete.

“I’m feeling so happy,” Anderson said. “I’ve gone through so much this last year just preparing for the Games and defending the gold is definitely not an easy position to be in.

“The conditions were not ideal but it changes so quick. When we were practising and even earlier this morning when we all got there, it was really bad and they did delay it and did their best. I think there’s a lot of mixed feelings.

“I just kind of tried to stay in my zone, stay optimistic. I knew there was wind, obviously, but who knows when there’s not going to be wind. I think we talked about maybe running in a couple of days, when it may have been calmer. I was kind of down for whatever. I just try to keep it neutral and let the officials make the call.”

Also making headlines was Ireen Wust, who became the most successful Dutch Olympian of all time as she won the women’s 1500m speed skating title for her 10th Olympic gold.

“It’s incredible. It’s 12 years since my first gold medal in Turin (2006 Games), my fifth gold medal, my 10th Olympic medal,” said Wust.

“I started my own team three years ago with only one goal, win the gold in the Olympics again. It worked out this way and it’s incredible.”

Frenchman Martin Fourcade also made history for his country, claiming the biathlon pursuit gold medal to bring his tally to five medals overall – including three golds.

That put him level with alpine skier Jean-Claude Killy on three Olympic titles, a French all-time record.