Snowboarder Jamie Anderson is poised to take over the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. After winning a gold medal in the inaugural Women’s Slopestyle Snowboarding Event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Anderson is ready to add to a trophy case that also includes 12 Winter X Games medals (five gold, five silver, two bronze).
We caught up with the 27-year-old self-described “professional snowboarder / free spirit” to talk about the Olympics, slopestyle snowboarding history, the Jamie Anderson Foundation and the new Xfinity X1 Olympic Viewing Experience.
How did it feel to be the first Olympic gold medalist in slopestyle snowboarding?
It felt amazing! Truly is an honor to have won gold in the first slopestyle event!
Since there is so little history for Olympic slopestyle, how do the Olympics stack up to the X-Games and other competitions, in terms of importance?
The Olympics is a whole different world. Just being on the biggest stage in the world it is a super cool experience to be an Olympian... not everyone knows of the X-Games but everyone and their grandma knows what the Olympics are!
Speaking of slopestyle "history," who are the pioneers of the sport (who never had an Olympic opportunity) that people should know about?
I loved Tara Dakides, Barrett Christy and Travis Rice...
What is your secret to success?
Mindfulness is everything. Learning to tap into that place of peace and harmony within is huge! One love!
What did you learn from last Olympics that will help give you an edge in this Olympics?
That it's going to be stressful at times but to just enjoy the whole journey! It is a privilege to have pressure and I want to embrace it all!
What is your favorite Olympic memory from your childhood?
I loved watching the Olympics with my sisters... we thought the gymnastics in the summer games were unreal!
What advice do you have for kids who want to get into snowboarding?
To stay committed! Work hard, manifest what you want and most important, have fun!
What was your favorite Olympic memory outside of competing in your own sport?
I loved the opening ceremony! It is unbelievable!
Is Olympic Village a crazy party atmosphere, or is that just a lot of hype?
It's awesome! So many amazing talented athletes from all over the world... but the party vibe is low key as we're all competing in the Olympics.
"I, Tonya" (based on former Olympian Tonya Harding) was just released; who would you want to play you in a movie?
Oh, my goodness. Let me see... I love Kate Hudson!
Tell me about the Jamie Anderson Foundation...
The JA foundation is inspired to help get the youth into living a healthy and active lifestyle! Through snowboarding and other activities, kids learn to build healthy habits! I wanted to help find ways to give back to this epic lifestyle I've been blessed to live.
Doing clothing drives and sponsoring young riders that want to take their riding to the next level is what we're all about! And most importantly inspiring people in their own communities to spread the love and pass on what they no longer need... #givebackwithlove
Explain the new Xfinity X1 Olympic viewing experience…
I’m excited to team up with Comcast for the 2018 Winter Olympics as they take the viewing experience to new heights through Xfinity X1. For the first time, Xfinity viewers will have access to every Olympics moment live across time zones on their TV and across devices, whether they’re at home or on the go.
Viewers can check out live results, stats, scores, analytics, upcoming events, on demand highlights at any moment throughout the Games. And, all this is accessible on the Olympics Home destination, which viewers can access simply by using speaking into the X1 Voice Remote.