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Riding the Slopes and Taking Names- Jamie Anderson

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Before she was off winning medals in the X-Games and the Olympics, Jamie Anderson was riding the slopes with her family back in South Lake Tahoe, California. Born and raised there, she grew up in a large household, being one out of 8 siblings, with 5 sisters and two brothers. Her mother home schooled them from the beginning of their education in order to give them more exposure to a well-rounded lifestyle – one that allowed them to explore their interests, play like the kids they were, and learn academics without being smothered with work and sitting at a desk every day.

Since Jamie was 9 years old, she has been going to the local mountains with her older sisters, hitting jumps and getting better and better as she has grown. She began competing at just 10 years old, and at age 15, she became the youngest Winter X Games medalist when she won bronze for slope style in 2006.

As it turned out, her first X Games medal was just the beginning of her slopestyle career. Since then, from the X Games alone, she has won 14 medals total, 3 bronze, 7 silver, 4 gold. Not only that, but she has also been in the FIS World Cup Series four times, placing highly all four times. Lastly, she’s a two-time Olympian, earning the top place on the podium with a gold medal in the snowboarding slopestyle event in both in Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 as well as a silver in the big air event in PyeongChang 2018. In the 2014 Sochi Games in particular, she had a near flawless run and made history for the United States as the first ever Women’s Olympic Slopestyle Gold Medalist.

 

What I personally really admire about Jamie is her courage to get out on the slopes and just go for it. If I were a professional snowboarder, I don’t think I would be able to handle going off of jumps, let alone doing any tricks. I actually snowboard myself and I can barely handle going down a black diamond because it’s so steep. Slalom would probably be my best bet for Olympic competition, speed and turns are definitely not an issue for me and I love the feeling of the cold wind on my face. Who knows, if any slalom training courses were to be established in the US in the future, maybe we’ll find out if that would be a possibility. In the meantime, the current pros, such as Jamie Anderson, will be there in the spotlight for any aspiring athletes to look up to, reminding us all that as long as we have the passion and perseverance to achieve our goals, nothing can keep us from success.

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