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Jamie Anderson makes X Games podium in broken collarbone return

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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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Sage Kotsenburg, Jamie Anderson beaten in Winter X Games slopestyle

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Both Olympic snowboard slopestyle champions came up short in the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., on Sunday.

Jamie Anderson finished second to Norway’s Silje Norendal for a second straight year at X Games. Anderson had the lead with a 91.33 in her second run (video here), until Norendal posted 93.66 in the last run of the competition (video here). New Zealand’s Christy Prior won bronze.

Anderson is a four-time X Games gold medalist and has won a medal in all nine of her X Games slopestyle appearances, dating to her debut at age 15 in 2006.

Norendal finished 11th at the Sochi Olympics.

Later Sunday, Sage Kotsenburg was fifth in the men’s slopestyle in Aspen. Kotsenburg, the surprise Sochi gold medalist, improved over his 15th-place finish last year. He’s never won the X Games.

Canada’s Mark McMorris prevailed in slopestyle, with a second-run 96 (video here), two days after he won Big Air gold in Aspen. McMorris, the 2012 and 2013 X Games slopestyle champion, broke a rib at last year’s Winter X Games and won bronze in Sochi.

Norway’s Stale Sandbech won silver, just as he did in Sochi, with a 95-point run. Sweden’s Sven Thorgren took bronze with a 92.

In ski halfpipe, U.S. Olympic champion David Wise finished fourth behind Canadian winner Simon d’Artois. Wise had won X Games the previous three years.

That left women’s halfpipe skier Maddie Bowman as the only Sochi gold medalist to win gold at this year’s Winter X Games.

Full X Games results can be found here.

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