Jamie Anderson is a winner once again! The U.S. snowboarder won her first gold medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics on Feb. 12. Here’s what you need to know about Jamie!
1. Jamie Anderson won the women’s snowboard slopestyle competition at the Winter Olympics on Feb. 12. High winds delayed the competition, and Jamie’s event had to make some changes to the format. Instead of having three runs to get the best possible score, Jamie, 27, and her fellow competitors got two runs. Jamie got a score of 83.00 on her first run! She’ll have a chance to win another gold medal in the big air competition.
2. She made history at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Jamie became the first woman to win the inaugural women’s slopestyle event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She was just 23 years old! She defended that title at the 2018 Winter Olympics! Jamie is now tied with four other Olympians as the only snowboarders to win two gold medals at the Winter Olympics. Jamie credits yoga with helping her be a better snowboarder.
3. She was the youngest to ever compete at the X Games. Jamie was only 13 years old when she first competed at the X Games in 2004. She became the youngest female medalist in 2005 when she won bronze. Jamie and her older sister, Joanie, both won gold at the X Games in 2007!
4. She ruptured her spleen during a competition! Jamie suffered the excruciating injury at the World Tour in Vermont. “I was at the last event in Vermont for the U.S. Open and was having a great day,” she told ESPN. “Then I just got a little too excited and just face-planted, and I knew something was wrong. I really couldn’t breathe, and my whole body was in so much pain. So they ended up rushing me to the emergency room. And I had never even taken Vicodin, so when they told me in the ambulance: ‘Do you want some painkillers? Do you want Morphine?’ I was like, ‘No way!’ I’m like, “Isn’t that equivalent to heroin?’ And they all are laughing, and I ended up actually doing it because I had to, it was so gnarly. And then, instantly, no pain. It made me realize how and why so many people get addicted to pharmaceutical drugs.”
5. She bought her mom an alpaca farm. Her mom currently lives on the alpaca farm in Vermont. “My mom always wanted to have a farm and then she ended up getting into the alpaca business because it is a really high quality fiber,” she told Snowboarder.com. “It is the best fiber on the planet and you don’t have to hurt the animals; you just shave them once a year. It’s really lucrative, so my mom wanted to do it as a retirement plan.”
To learn more about Jamie, visit teamusa.org.
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