With the 2014 Olympics just a few months away, I had the honor of speaking with pro snowboarder Jamie Anderson who is looking to compete at the Sochi Winter Olympics. She was kind enough to discuss what it means to her to have snowboard slopestyle debut for the first time at the 2014 Winter Games, what inspired her to take up the sport of snowboarding in her hometown of South Lake Tahoe, California and her new partnership with Nintendo!
Candace Rose Anderson: Snowboard Slopestyle is debuting for the first time in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Can you tell us about that, and what it means to you to have the sport finally recognized?
Jamie Anderson: “It means so much to me. I’ve always known slopestyle was an amazing event, and it was always my favorite growing up. And even though it wasn’t always included in the Olympics, I always chose to put my energy and time into that event. Now, 10 years later that it’s actually added to the Olympics is just an honor. I feel so fortunate to be a part of this.”
Candace Rose Anderson: What inspired you to take up the sport of snowboarding?
Jamie Anderson: “I feel very fortunate to grow up in the mountains in Tahoe, and I’m actually one of eight. I have five sisters and two brothers, and we actually all did home school…so we were outside all the time- from sledding down the mountains to building snow forts. As we all know, snowboarding can be quite expensive so financially getting into it was a little difficult, but through the love and support of our friends and family, we had some equipment donated to us. Sierra at Tahoe was one of our first sponsors, and it really connected the dots for me to start it. From that point, I of course had no idea I’d be able to make a career out of it. I just absolutely fell in love with the sport, being on the mountains and going down as fast as you can. Everything about it was so special, and I love it.”
Candace Rose Anderson: How old were you when you took up the sport (of snowboard slopestyle)?
Jamie Anderson: “I was nine! A little baby just wanting to go have fun.”
Candace Rose Anderson: Can you tell us how your training for Sochi is going?
Jamie Anderson: “My training is going really good. I’ve been doing a little cross training in Tahoe, mountain biking, paddleboarding. I’ve recently been working with Nintendo and I’ve been doing a little bit of visualization, mental gaming with their new Mario & Sonic game on the new Wii U. It’s going to be released November 15th, but it’s a great game based all around the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and it’s super fun for all ages. It’s easy to pick up and play with the GamePad. They have the event I do- Slopestyle. So for myself, it was really fun to just start to kind of manifest and put myself in the position of being on top of the Slopestyle course and competing in the Olympics.”
Candace Rose Anderson: Are you much of a gamer?
Jamie Anderson: “I played Nintendo growing up, and with this whole new push for the game I’ve gotten more and more into it.”
Candace Rose Anderson: “And for those of us who are addicted to the Olympics, but unfortunately can’t make it…how can we keep up with the sporting events at the 2014 Winter Games?
Jamie Anderson: “You can keep up with Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and have an opportunity to participate in ice hockey, figure skating, bobsledding, the event I’m doing: snowboard slopestyle, and you can check it all out at OlympicVideoGames.com.
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**Updated on Sunday, February 9th: Congratulations to Jamie Anderson on winning two Olympic gold medals at the 2014 Sochi Winter games in slopestyle. You rock, Jamie!!!! #TeamAnderson