Jamie ANDERSON

United States of America USA

Snowboard

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
    1 S
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Sochi 2014
  • Year of Birth
    1990
Olympic Results

Biography

Jamie ANDERSON

Jamie Anderson won the inaugural snowboard slopestyle event at Sochi 2014 and then, four years later at PyeongChang 2018, retained the title to remain the only female Olympic champion in her discipline, and the first woman ever to win two gold medals in snowboarding. But her achievements at her second Winter Games did not end there: of all the male and female snowboard athletes who competed in both slopestyle and the new big air event, she was the only rider to mount the podium twice, taking the big air silver medal behind Austria's Anna Gasser.

An early start 

Jamie Anderson grew up in South Lake Tahoe, at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. She was the fifth child in a family of eight children, and it was her two older sisters, Joanie and Stacie, who introduced her to snowboarding and inspired her passion for the sport. Jamie fell in love with snowboarding and competed in her first events aged 9 after convincing her mother that she was old enough. She completed her schooling at home, which allowed her to strap on her board and hit the local slopes on a daily basis. She specialises in the tricks and rails of slopestyle, and she quickly developed the mastery needed to secure her first podium finish – she placed third in slopestyle at the X Games in Aspen in 2006, at the age of 15, making her the youngest ever medallist in the competition, supplanting the great Shaun White – if only by just a few days!

Queen of the X Games

Jamie went on to become the most decorated slopestyle specialist (among both men and women) at the Winter X Games, achieving 14 podium finishes by 2018, including five titles. She started out on the FIS World Cup circuit competing in the halfpipe in Cardrona (New Zealand) in August 2008, and won her first slopestyle events in the 2012-2013 season. By this point, the discipline (along with ski slopestyle) had been added to the Olympic programme by the IOC, and was set to make its debut at Sochi 2014. Jamie was selected to represent her country in the inaugural slopestyle event at Rosa Khutor, where, given her reputation, she would compete as one of the favourites.

Olympic champion

On 6 February 2014, she took second place in her qualifying heat, advancing directly to the final, which took place three days later. The day before, her compatriot Sage Kotsenburg took the men's title. "I was freaking out[1] !" related Jamie, a lover of yoga who wore “mantra” beads and listened to “I can” by rapper NAS at Rosa Khutor. And she could! "There was a lot of stress up there," she reveals. "Even though it’s just another competition, the stage and the outreach that this event connects to across the whole world is out of control. All of us just wanted to do our best. I was so happy and thankful to put down a run!" Not the first, but the awe-inspiring second run, which included two 720s (double rotation) executed with enormous grace, and was characterised by fluidity, soft landings and plenty of style. Other competitors attempted riskier tricks, but Jamie's run earned her a superb score of 95.25 for a comfortable win.

Olympic Results

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PyeongChang 2018

S
Big Air
Big Air Snowboarding
G
Slopestyle
Slopestyle Snowboarding
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sochi 2014

G
Slopestyle
Slopestyle Snowboarding