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Athlete Profile: Jamie Anderson Hot

jamie-anderson-01Being considered the best in your business by age 20, no matter the craft, is quite a distinction and brings about a lot of pressure.

But when you watch Jamie Anderson compete in snowboard slopestyle, you know why experts and fans are gaga over the girl from South Lake Tahoe.

The 2006-07 season wasn’t just Jamie’s first full snowboard campaign, but also one of the most special. Besides winning five events that year, including the Roxy Chicken Jam and the TTR 6Star Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships, Anderson also took the X-Games slopestyle gold medal. Joanie, Jamie’s sister, made it a sister duo in 2007, winning gold at the X-Games in boardercross that same weekend.

Jamie and Joanie come from a family of eight siblings (six girls and two boys), growing up near Sierra Mountain and competing for the Sierra at Tahoe Team beginning at the age nine.

Just six years later, fifteen-year-old Jamie would take bronze in slopestyle at the 2006 X-Games, becoming the youngest person to medal at the competition. By comparison, Shaun White is the second youngest, losing out to Anderson by days.

Jamie followed her 2007 gold medal with a repeat win in 2008, along with silver and bronze in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

The X-Games aren’t the only competition where Jamie has found herself on the podium. On the Swatch Ticket to Ride Tour (TTR), Anderson is a slopestyle podium stalwart with almost 30 podium finishes, including 20 top finishes since 2006. That includes victories at all of Burton’s Open Championships in the United States, Canada, Europe, and New Zealand.

In her career, Anderson has spent 99 weeks at number one on the TTR Tour and 145 weeks in the top ten. This past season (2010-11) Anderson took her second overall Swatch TTR Championships, previously winning in 2007-08.

Obviously, “the best in the business” comment is well deserved, and amazing considering she has accomplished so much by age 20. 

-Ryan O'Leary

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