Sochi 2014: Could Jamie Anderson Become The Next Face of Snowboarding?

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When the sport of snowboarding comes into play, the first names you probably think about are Shaun White, Hannah Teter and Kelly Clark. But there is a new name making headlines in Sochi.

Jamie Anderson, the 23-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, made her first big impact in the snowboarding world by winning gold at the Sochi 2014 Olympics Women’s Snowboarding Slopestyle event. She is the first winner of the inaugural event, but Anderson has made a name for herself in this sport before the Olympic Committee even announced the event. Slopestyle has been her main focus for a long time. Since the event was not introduced until this year, the only time you can see slopestyle was during the X-Games, and if you did not watch a lot of Winter X-Games events then you probably only heard about Anderson just a few days ago.

She has won gold in this event at X-Games Aspen four different times since 2007 which includes back-to-back golds in 07-08 and 2012-13. So to say that she has a familiarity in the sport is an understatement. I am certain that when Slopestyle was introduced for the Olympics she was more than excited for the opportunity to show the world what she is capable of. Fans of the snowboarding world knew, but winning the event just a few short days ago showed the world what she had.

There is no doubt in my mind that Anderson could join White, Teter and Clark as one of the most well-known USA Snowboarders and become a household name in a few short years. At such a young age, Anderson has time to make some noise for years to come.

Tylor Walden is a Denver Broncos writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylorDWalden, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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