Daily Buzz: Did a lucky penny help US snowboarder Anderson win gold?
FEB 11, 2014 6:35p ET
American snowboarder Jamie Anderson won the gold medal in the inaugural Olympic slopestyle competition Sunday in Sochi, and she may have a little bit of copper — or copper-plated zinc, anyway — to thank for it.
On Tuesday, Anderson, who beat out Enni Rukajarvi of Finland with a 95.25 in her final run after landing two 720s, posted a note to Twitter that she had received from a young fan. In addition to the kind words, the letter also included a penny, to be used for good luck.
The letter reads:
Dear Jamie Anderson,
I’m so proud you made the Olyimpic [sic] team! I’ve been reading about you and you are really amazing! I learned that you like biking. I like biking, too. I hope you go high and do lots of tricks and do a really good job and do a nice job on the usa team. You are really good at Slopestyle Snowboarding. Rub the penny to get good luck.
Anderson won’t be competing in the ladies’ halfpipe event, which begins Wednesday, but she might still want to hold onto that penny going forward, as it seems to be working.
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