"That's always been my hardest thing, to get a good start, and I'm still not the first one out the gate, so I just try to work every feature and match, every landing, as best I can and try to get into a small tuck," she said.
Canadian rider Dominique Maltais, the X Games Aspen 2012 gold medalist, just missed the cut for the final, finishing her semifinal round in third place.
"Another X Games gold? I can't believe it," said Holland, 35, an X Games competitor since 2002. "This year's gone up and down for me so much: broken collarbone, Olympic qualifiers, scratched my way to the Olympics. ... It's just been a year of adversity, and I'm just so stoked to overcome that. I'm on the right path now, and it gives me so much confidence for Sochi."
Holland dominated Snowboarder X at X Games from 2006 to '10, claiming the first X Games five-peat, and won again at X Games Aspen 2012.