As the first American woman to win two gold medals in snowboarding, Jamie Anderson has her eye on one more before the Olympic flame is extinguished in Pyeongchang.
Having defended her slopestyle title from the Winter Games in Sochi, the 27-year-old will be cooling her heels until the big-air competition — a new sport for the Winter Games — on Feb. 21. A caballerial (cab) double 900, a frontside 1080 and a cab 1080 (requiring three full rotations) are some of her bigger tricks, but non-Olympic viewers may recognize the blonde-haired Californian as one of the Team USA athletes in the Polo Ralph Lauren ads.
Arriving at WWD’s offices last summer for an interview direct from the airport, Anderson had one request — a quick change of clothes. On the road for eight to nine months a year, she knows how to control her comfort level on the ground or soaring through in the air. Raised outside of Tahoe as one of eight children, Anderson started pitching sponsors at the age of 10 with the help of two of her snowboarding sisters (one of whom medaled at the X Games.) “My home mountain, Sierra, was my sponsor because we couldn’t afford all