Who is Jamie Anderson?
Name: Jamie Anderson
Country: United States
Disciplines: Slopestyle, Big Air
2016/17 WST slopestyle ranking: 3rd
2016/17 WST big air ranking: 6th
- 2014 Olympic slopestyle gold medalist
- 4-time X Games slopestyle gold medalist
- 5-time Burton U.S. Open slopestyle champion
- 6-time World Snowboard Tour season champion
Anderson won gold in the inaugural Olympic slopestyle competition in 2014.
Although Anderson has been the most consistent rider in women's slopestyle for the last decade, she is now being pushed by the likes of Anna Gasser and Julia Marino, both of whom recently helped bring doubles into competitions for the first time. The field of riders in slopestyle is also deeper than it's ever been before. Earlier this season though, Anderson landed a cab double underflip in a contest for the first time, which will help bolster her status as one of the favorites in slopestyle. While slopestyle would certainly be considered her strongest event, Anderson has the talent to contend for a medal in the new Olympic discipline of big air as well.
Potential Olympic records
Anderson is one of several athletes with a chance at becoming the first woman to earn two gold medals in snowboarding, and she could even end up winning a third as well. Three gold medals would be a record for all snowboarders, male or female, though Shaun White (halfpipe) and Vic Wild (parallel giant slalom) could also potentially reach that mark in PyeongChang.
Technical rail tricks, proper grabs, effortless style, an ability to spin all four directions, consistency — there's a lot to like in Anderson's slopestyle runs, and that's why she's been dominating that event for such a long time. Among tricks seen frequently in her runs are the cab 720 and switch backside 540. She recently added the cab double underflip to her arsenal and will most likely be using it going forward.
One of eight siblings in her family, Anderson began snowboarding with her older sisters when she was 9. Growing up in South Lake Tahoe meant that she had access to Sierra-at-Tahoe, one of California's premier ski resorts. Anderson initially competed all of the sport's primary disciplines — halfpipe, slopestyle, boardercross — and made her X Games debut at age 13.
2016/17 season recap
After years of dominance, Anderson's normally ironclad grip on women's slopestyle began to loosen. That's because of the emergence of a number of riders, most notably Anna Gasser and Julia Marino. Though Anderson remained a consistent podium presence, she only took the top spot at one slopestyle contest: the U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth. She was the runner-up at X Games Aspen, the Burton U.S. Open and X Games Norway. Anderson finished the season ranked No. 3 in the World Snowboard Tour slopestyle rankings but did manage to win the FIS World Cup title for a second straight year.
Off the snow
Anderson enjoys practicing yoga and is an advocate of environmentalism. Among the organizations she supports is Protect Our Winters, a coalition that includes many prominent winter sports athletes and aims to create a movement to curb the effects of climate change. Anderson has also established her own foundation, which offers financial assistance to young winter sports athletes. Part of Anderson's spiritual lifestyle sometimes includes connecting with nature by hugging a tree or meditating before contests.
"The progression is crazy right now. Just in the last couple years, women's snowboarding has really taken off. I was inspired to learn some tricks and keep the riding going. And then it kinda felt like there was gas on the fire. Like, Anna Gasser learning crazy new tricks; Hailey Langland coming out of nowhere just with such good style and such creative, fun-flowing steeze; Julia Marino. A lot of new up-and-coming riders that are just so talented and on fire." — Jamie Anderson on being pushed by a new group of rising stars
"What I admire the most about Jamie is her resistance to failure. She is so consistent on a snowboard. She is always on the podium and she just doesn't let anyone down." — U.S. snowboarder Hailey Langland on Jamie Anderson