Jamie Anderson Grabs America's Second Gold in Sochi Slopestyle 

Four-time X-Games winner Anderson produced the goods on her second run with a near-perfect 95.25 score.

Jamie Anderson gave the United States a slopestyle snowboarding double at the Sochi Olympics on Sunday following Sage Kotsenburg's victory in the men's competition a day earlier.

After a mistake on the first run left her a little way down the field, four-time X-Games winner Anderson produced the goods on her second run with a near-perfect 95.25 score.

That pushed Finland's Enni Rukajarvi down to second after her second run had produced a long-time leading 92.50.

Britain's Jenny Jones held onto third with 87.25 after one of the favorites, Austria's Anna Gasser, made a mistake on her landing off the penultimate jump to cost her a chance of a medal.

Meanwhile, Austria's Matthias Mayer stormed to gold in the Winter Olympics men's downhill Sunday.

Mayer, 23, clocked 2min 06.23sec down the 3.5km-long course at Rosa Khutor, high above the Black Sea, for the first Austrian downhill gold since Fritz Stroebl at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City.

Mayer also bettered his father Helmut's silver-medal showing in the super-G at the Calgary Games in 1998.

"Of course it means a lot to me," an emotional Mayer said. "It's really difficult to go down the track without mistakes."

Italian Christof Innerhofer took silver at just six-hundredths of a second behind while Norway's Kjetil Jansrud claimed bronze a further 0.04sec adrift.

World downhill champion Aksel Lund Svindal was fourth while another strong favorite, Bode Miller of the United States, was a disappointing eighth.

"I skied hard and well, and that's the most important thing. It just didn't go right," said Miller.

Meanwhile, hosts Russia were fighting on two fronts -- looking for a first medal to ease the huge burden of expectation and to get spectators to the compactly placed venues in time for events.

Organizers said they had sold 92 percent of the tickets available for the first day of medal competition on Saturday but admitted thousands had not made it on time.

Spokeswoman for the organizing committee, Alexandra Kosterina, told reporters that 92 percent of the available tickets had been sold and "we are happy with that".

"We saw pretty full stadia. We had a good turnout and hope it will get even better as the Olympics go on."

She also admitted that "we had some problems due to the Russian mentality of arriving as close as possible to the start of an event and never in advance".

Later Sunday, Russia could win their first gold in the figure skating team competition.

The hosts have 47 points, six ahead of Canada, with the United States third on 34 ahead of the third and final day.

Fittingly, veteran Russian star Yevgeny Plushenko, 31, can help seal his second Olympic gold after 2006 when he performs in the men's free skating, with the women's and ice dancing events also scheduled.

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