Road to Sochi: Team Oakley Athlete of the Week – Jamie Anderson
As many regions brace for the coming of winter, a handful of the world’s elite athletes prepare to compete on sports’ most prestigious global stage. The 2014 Winter Olympics are upon us and the remote region of Sochi, Russia is set to host the twenty-second edition of the biggest winter sporting event in the world. As the days until the Open Ceremony count down, we invite you to get to know some of the most passionate, fearless, determined and awe inspiring athletes, some of whom you will undoubtedly see on the podium come February. Each of these athletes strive to compete in Sochi as representatives of their home nations, but are bound together, despite national boundaries, as members of another exclusive team: Team Oakley.
This week’s Team Oakley Athlete of the week is Jamie Anderson. The 23-year-old American snowboarder based in the Lake Tahoe area, has dominated Slopestyle over the past couple years. With eight Winter X Games medals to her name, podium spots at the US and New Zealand Opens and a never-ending desire to improve, Jamie will be a major contender for the podium in Sochi if and when she makes the US Team.
What does it mean/would it mean to you to be an Olympian, representing your country this winter in Sochi?
It would mean the world to me. To be able to compete at that level of an event, with athletes from all over the world, it’s just so inspiring, and a once in a life time opportunity!
At what point did you set your sights on becoming an Olympian? When did you realize that goal was realistic?
Well, after I won a halfpipe event in 2008, I had a vision of trying to make the Olympic halfpipe team, but halfpipe has never really been my passion. When that didn’t work out, I was content riding slopestyle and ended up having way too much fun doing so! Then when the IOC announced that they are adding slopestyle to the 2014 Olympics I was so happy and excited to follow my passion for that event and work as hard as I can to make the Olympic slopestyle team.
What is your favorite Olympic moment?
Watching Torah Bright win halfpipe in Vancouver! That was the first Olympics I’d ever been to and it was so amazing to be there!
What was your reaction when you learned that Slopestyle was being added to the Olympics?
I was just so happy and excited! It’s always been a dream of mine to be an Olympian, and with practicing patience and not forcing the halfpipe event a few years ago, I’m now able to go for the event I truly love!
What would it mean to you to be standing on the podium in Sochi, hearing the National Anthem play after winning a Gold Medal?
Yeah, manifestation in the works! Haha, That would be unbelievable! I can’t even begin to explain what that would mean to me…
For more on Jamie Anderson, visit her Oakley bio.