JessiKa failed to advance, but earned a solid fifth place with her last run. She would have had to be at least in fourth place to qualify out of the semi-finals.
From The Washington Post:
In the semifinal round, 12 riders were battling for one of four spots into the finals. The pressure was on Jenson. By the time it was her turn on the second run, she stood in fifth place and needed to leap-frog at least one other foe — and fend off three remaining riders — to make the top four. She was clean on the rails and landed two safe jumps, but she fell on the last and couldn’t top her score from the first run. Her mark of 72.0 was good enough for fifth place on the day and 6.75 points away from advancing.
We are incredibly proud of JessiKa for representing Team U.S.A., and for her dedication and hard work at her first winter olympics! GREAT JOB JESSIKA!
JessiKa had a tough run, but she has qualified for the semi’s and will be advancing! GOOD JOB JESSIKA! Many athletes have commented on what an aggressive and difficult course this is, with Shaun White being the first to pull out for fear of risking his other events.
For more information, check out http://www.sochi2014.com/en/snowboard-ladies-sbs-qualification
JessiKa caught the winter sports bug at the tender age of 6. She started learning how to ski at six years old on family trips to local ski resorts like Kelly Canyon and Grand Targhee. By ten, JessiKa had become enamored with snowboarding and made the switch. She taught herself to shred and was competing by the age of 14.
JessiKa attended every event she could and quickly rose through the ranks. Several top ten finishes at the U.S. Grand Prix led to her joining the 2014 Winter Olympics team. Though she’s had to struggle through injuries, she’s carved a niche for herself with her unique tricks.
JessiKa’s schedule doesn’t leave her a ton of time off from the slopes, but when she’s not snowboarding, you can find her in the great outdoors, mountain biking, dirt biking, or wakeboarding. She also digs working out, jumping on trampolines, and making her own neck warmers.
Women’s Slopestyle schedule:
Feb. 6 – 3:00 a.m. Mountain Standard Time: Women’s Slopestyle Qualifications
Feb. 8 – 11:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time: Women’s Slopestyle Semifinal
Feb. 9 – 2:15 a.m. Mountain Standard Time: Women’s Slopestyle Final