American snowboarder Jamie Anderson is into the final of the women's Olympic slopestyle competition.  

She posted the second-best qualifying score on Thursday at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.  

Austria's Anna Gasser competed in the same heat and finished first with a score of 95.50.  

Anderson was second with a 93.50 in her only run of the day. The South Lake Tahoe native is making her debut at the Sochi Winter Olympics in the new event, slopestyle.

Anderson was homeschooled, allowing her to spend all day on the slopes of the Sierra, and study at night.

Anderson is known to hug a tree before she competes. She is an advocate of environmentalism.    

American Karly Shorr also qualified for the final.

Every other athlete who competed Thursday will have a chance to reach the final through the semifinals.  

Anderson won back-to-back gold medals at the Winter X Games in 2012 and 2013, but finished second in the X Games last month.  

Slopestyle is making its Olympic debut, with riders doing tricks over rails and jumps down a snow-covered trail.