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Jamie Anderson makes X Games podium in broken collarbone return

Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson of the United States celebrates after winning the women’s snowboard slopestyle final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)


Olympic champion Jamie Anderson kept her X Games medal streak alive, finishing second in snowboard slopestyle about two months after breaking her collarbone.

Anderson, 25, improved from fifth place to second in her final run, despite putting her hands on the snow on one landing in Aspen, Colo., on Friday (run video here). She’s entered 10 X Games slopestyle competitions and finished in the top three in all of them.

Anderson scored 89 points, two points behind Spencer O’Brien, the Canadian who took her first title in her 10th X Games appearance. Full results are here.

“Ever since I was a little girl, this is all I wanted,” O’Brien, who finished 12th at the Olympics, told ESPN while in tears (watch her run here).

Anderson earned X Games slopestyle golds in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013 but wasn’t in top form on Friday.

“I think my style was pretty whack,” Anderson told ESPN after her first of three runs. “Definitely had some nerves and a little shaky.”

Norway’s Silje Norendal, who won the previous two X Games titles, finished fourth Friday.

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