Janna Meyen nails gold No. 4
Janna Meyen made history Saturday as the first woman to four-peat an event at the Winter X Games.
However, it took a clutch second run for Meyen to reach the top of the podium again. The 28-year-old from Bend, Ore., didn’t quite finish the rotation on a 720 during her first run down the X Games slopestyle course.
After her face touched on the landing, she stopped next to the second jump, put her hands on her knees and took a few deep breaths before finishing her run in last place.
But even Hana Beaman, who led the pack with her first run score of 83.33 points until Meyen’s winning 91.33-point run, commented during a replay of Meyen’s flawed first run,
“She’s still gonna win this. I know she is,” Beaman said.
Meyen started her final run with a half cab onto the first rail, reminding the judges and everyone else that her skill level and trick repertoire is far above that of anyone else in the field.
An audible deep breath could be heard from the crowd as Meyen wound up into the fakey-to-fakey double spin on the first hit, the one after which she crashed in run No. 1.
After an immaculate landing, Meyen rode into a backside 540, the only woman to hit the 55-foot gap jump. She finished with another big 5, and a score of 91.33 points and became the first woman to win four Winter X Games gold medals. She dedicated her victory to her grandmother, who has been in the hospital for the last two weeks.
“I knew the first run was a fluke,” she said. “I knew what the correction was. I try to keep my mind super, super cool. I’m thinking about exactly what’s going on right where I am. It’s feature to feature.
My mind turns into a computer program. It’s like, ‘click, click, click.'”
Beaman, from Big Bear, Calif., ended up in second place. South Lake Tahoe’s Jamie Anderson, who, at 15, is the youngest competitor at this year’s X Games, took third and left the course promptly to compete in boardercross.
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