Kelly Clark

Gasser outduels Anderson for gold in women's Big Air

Anna Gasser grew up wanting to be a gymnast, making it all the way to the Austrian national team before life took her in another direction. She didn't even start snowboarding until she was 18, drawn not by the lure of the Olympics but of simply challenging herself to push higher, go farther and become more than just some gymnast who gave snowboarding a shot.

Over the last eight years, Gasser has become far more than that.

And she's got the gold medal to prove it.

Gasser stomped a "cab double 10" — basically, two flips and three full rotations — in her final jump to slip past American star Jamie Anderson to claim the Olympic debut of women's Big Air. Gasser's...