Getting to know slopestyle snowboarder Jamie Anderson
U.S. slopestyle snowboarder Jamie Anderson has three Winter X Games gold medals to her name and is a favorite to win gold in Sochi. We caught up with her and talked about growing up in a big family, her training regimen and more.
Tell us a little about your background.
I was born and raised in the mountains, grew up playing outside in the snow. And eventually got into snowboarding with my two older sisters. I'm from a big family, one of eight: five sisters, two brothers. [There] wasn't a ton of money flow to go buy equipment, but through family friends and sponsors, we all got involved. Sierra at [Lake] Tahoe, my home mountain, was our first sponsor. We started doing local events and getting small sponsors at a young age.
Like survival of the fittest kind of families, or what?
Thankfully, we always had a lot of food on our table, so no one was really fighting for food, but we definitely had a gigantic family. Everyone kinda looked after each other and we became really independent from a young age, taking care of each other and cooking our own food. I was just about in the middle. Me and my older sister are four and five. We're five and six.
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When the road divides, who goes to slopestyle and who goes to halfpipe?
That's a good one. For myself growing up, I grew up riding everything: park, ‘pipe, big mountain. And I was really back and forth with halfpipe and slopestyle. Every year I'd change my mind. I'd be more into pipe or more into park. But when I got a little bit older, for myself, I fell in love with the creative aspect of it, and that it was always changing, and that it was always different, and there was always a progression in the parks. And I really like to watch it change and to go with it and be more creative.
What's your training day like?
Ultimate training day for me is funny because I don't really call training training. For me, people are like, "Where do you train?" I'm like, "Well, they usually ride. They snowboard in Tahoe or in Colorado." I think of it as going out and having fun and trying to learn some new stuff with your friends, if you're into it. But I would love to go to yoga first thing in the morning, start off with a meditation and a good flow to get the body going, and go up on the mountain and ride a good, progressive jump, where I can ride it multiple times and try some different tricks and different grabs on it.
Did you watch the Olympics growing up?
When I was really young. I remember my first time watching the Olympics was the gymnastics and my two older sisters did it, so they would get really excited. And everyone would run around to the TV room and just tune in to women's gymnastics. And it would be so entertaining and so inspiring. To this day I love watching it. It's unbelievable how talented they are and the stuff they're doing.
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