No Anderson, Marino for US in finals at Olympic big air

Feb 13, 2022, 4:39 AM | Updated: 9:32 pm
Hailey Langland of the United States competes during the women's snowboard big air qualifications o...

Hailey Langland of the United States competes during the women's snowboard big air qualifications of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 14, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

BEIJING (AP) — Jamie Anderson and Julia Marino had their bubbles burst before qualifying began for women’s snowboard big air.

Behind the scenes, these pandemic Olympics haven’t been what they hoped.

“Just like a little bit tapped out,” Anderson said. “I’m excited to go home.”

Anderson wiped out on her first two jumps in qualifying Monday and failed to crack the finals field, while Marino dropped out of the contest after a distressing fall during practice over the weekend. Long shot U.S. teammate Hailey Langland will be the only American in the finals after grabbing the 12th and final spot.

The 31-year-old Anderson came to China a two-time defending champion in slopestyle and won silver in big air at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. She finished ninth trying to defend her slopestyle titles last week, then said on Instagram that she “straight up couldn’t handle the pressure” and that her ” mental health and clarity just hasn’t been on par.”

“It was like, honestly hard,” she said Monday. “We’ve been here for so long and I feel like our whole crew is just over it. Just barely hanging on by a fricking strand of hair. Just like, tired of the food, homesick, tired of the pressure.”

The Californian said she was in a better headspace coming into Monday, but it all fell apart quickly when she crashed out twice trying a fairly conservative cab double underflip.

Anderson needed a massive trick in Run 3 and then a lot of luck to make the finals. She held up her end, throwing down a frontside double cork 1080 — 2 1/2 off-axis spins with three rotations. That earned her 89.75 points, the second highest-scoring stunt from anybody all day, and briefly pushed her into the top 12.

Good fortune didn’t follow, though. She ended up 15th.

“Oh gosh, honestly heartbroken,” she said. “It’s, like, such a high high when you do well here and, like, the worst low when you can’t pull it together.”

Anderson had a rocky road even getting to the Olympics, including a break-in of her car and uncharacteristic on-slope struggles. She says she’s not ready to retire, but she’s not sure what’s next for her as far as competitive snowboarding.

“Part of me just wants to fricking quit, part of me wants to go work harder and like come back and win everything, because I know I’m capable,” she said. “It’s been a long journey for me. I’m going to definitely just take a little time and go free ride, ride some (powder), and then reset and see what I feel.”

Marino, coming off a silver medal in last week’s slopestyle event, was set to jump 23rd in the 30-snowboarder field, just ahead of 2018 gold medalist Anna Gasser of Austria. It was a surprise when she didn’t appear.

Team USA snowboarding said Marino fell during practice a few days ago and is “prioritizing her health.”

Marino’s scratch was a late decision. The Connecticut resident shared video of herself practicing at Big Air Shougang on Instagram about 12 hours before qualifying began, encouraging followers to tune in.

Langland said Marino was shaken physically and mentally by her fall.

“I don’t think it’s right to be pushing yourself when mentally and physically, you aren’t all there,” Langland said. “That’s when it gets really dangerous, and I’m really proud of her for sticking up for herself and making the call to not ride today.”

Slopestyle gold medalist Zoi Sadowski Synnott of New Zealand landed the biggest jump of qualifying with a frontside double cork 1080 and finished first. Japanese teammates Kokomo Murase and Reira Iwabuchi were second and third, respectively. Gasser finished sixth.

___

Follow Jake Seiner: https://apnews.com/hub/AP_Sports

___

More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/winter-olympics and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani flies out during the first inning of the team's baseball game agai...
Associated Press

Ohtani vs. Judge the latest of baseball’s great MVP races

When Shohei Ohtani is pitching impressively and hitting over 30 homers, he might always be the MVP favorite unless another player in his league comes up with something awfully special. Like hitting 60 home runs, for example. Ohtani vs. Aaron Judge for the American League MVP figures to be the most hotly debated postseason award […]
1 day ago
Chase Elliott (9) has his tire catch fire as Martin Truex Jr. (19) and Corey LaJoie (7) drive past ...
Associated Press

Tumultuous, tiring start to NASCAR’s round of 12 at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Chase Elliott was leading at Texas when a right rear tire issue led to hard contact with the wall and a fiery finish to his day, knocking him from the top of the playoff standings. After the caution lights came on when another front-running car had tire problems, Denny Hamlin […]
1 day ago
New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) is helped off the field after suffering a leg injur...
Associated Press

Analysis: Backups, be ready. NFL’s QB carousel is spinning

The NFL’s quarterback carousel may start spinning a bit faster. Mac Jones, Tua Tagovailoa and Josh Allen got banged-up Sunday. Justin Herbert and Jameis Winston played hurt. Already, Dak Prescott and Trey Lance have gone down. Backups, be ready. Jones’ leg injury appears most serious. The second-year pro hopped off the field late in the […]
1 day ago
Kansas tight end Trevor Kardell (45) is chased by Duke defensive back Joshua Pickett (26) as he run...
Associated Press

AP Top 25 Reality Check: Unbeaten Kansas left out again

Not quite, Kansas. A 4-0 start put the Jayhawks atop the others receiving votes pile Sunday in The Associated Press college football poll presented by Regions Bank, 41 points behind No. 25 Kansas State. The Jayhawks have not been ranked since mid-October 2009, a dry spell of nearly 13 years that is currently the longest […]
1 day ago
California running back Jaydn Ott, left, runs the ball for a 73-yard touchdown against Arizona duri...
Associated Press

STAT WATCH: Ott’s 274 yards rushing for Cal FBS season high

California freshman Jaydn Ott turned in the best rushing performance of the season with 274 yards and three touchdowns on just 19 carries against Arizona. Ott had TD runs of 73, 72 and 18 yards Saturday while running for the most yards since Tyrion Davis-Price of LSU went for 287 on 36 carries against Florida […]
1 day ago
United States' Ariel Atkins shoots at goal as South Korea's Kim Danbi , left, attempts to block dur...
Associated Press

US has record performance in 145-69 rout of South Korea

SYDNEY (AP) — A’ja Wilson and the U.S. put on quite a show, breaking the World Cup scoring mark in a record rout of South Korea. Brionna Jones scored 24 points and Wilson added 20 to help the U.S. beat South Korea 145-69 on Monday. Shakira Austin’s layup with 9 seconds left helped the Americans […]
1 day ago
No Anderson, Marino for US in finals at Olympic big air