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Chelsea Logan: When we first spoke, you mentioned your intention for 2013 was to qualify for the Olympics. What are some of the things you did to prepare for Sochi?

Jamie Anderson: For me, it was all about finding that balance. I worked out with my trainer and made yoga a priority. I was snowboarding more often. I was working towards my run and what I wanted to do.

CL: What are some things you did to alleviate the pressure and stress when you were trying to qualify for the Olympics?

JA: I would say, living in the moment, really trying to not get too far ahead of myself. I journal a lot, so I was writing, reading inspirational books, practicing yoga, meditating, and, in a way, just keeping it real. My goal was to just have fun, work hard, and find that balance, because it’s exhausting doing so much.

CL: I could tell you were having fun when I was watching the Olympics. What did you do right before you went down the slope?

JA: Well, actually, this is the greatest part of it. I was definitely a little nervous the night before, and, in the morning, I went up and practiced. My practice was just awful. I fell almost every run. I couldn’t get it together. Finally, at the bottom, I found my sister and broke down in tears. It was the most important event of the year, and I was not feeling it. Sometimes that happens, you know?

So I cried – all the emotional build-up, what [the Olympics] actually is and how big it is – then I went up, and I took a moment by myself and said, “I know I can do this.” And that’s when the peace came. Then I dropped in, and it was game on.

CL: Let’s say you are in the middle of training and you’re having trouble landing a trick. What are some of the things you do to stay motivated?

JA: Just going for it. I actually found this happening at the last event I went to, the US Open, right after the Olympics. It was really snowy and a white-out. It was challenging to ride, I was having a really hard time and I was falling on everything. I was thinking I just needed to ride with more integrity, really know that I can do this, regardless of the conditions. As soon as I mentally made that note, I landed exactly what I wanted to do.

CL: Now that you’ve won a gold medal, what other goals would you like to accomplish in your career?

JA: I would love to establish more of a foundation for my Give Back With Love Charity, to help get kids inspired and to move forward in living a healthy lifestyle.

CL: That’s amazing! What inspired you to start your charity?

JA: Coming from a big family, all the gear was extremely expensive, so I felt I was very fortunate to have gotten into this sport. I wanted to create that chance for kids from the local community who have not been able to afford all the gear. I teamed up with Sierra Tahoe, my home mountain, and we have donated for the last three years.

CL: What does becoming legendary in your sport mean to you?

JA: I want to be able to get out there and snowboard, to use my creativity to go play on the mountain – that’s what it comes down to. Thank goodness for all my sponsors, family, and friends that supported me and made it possible to truly live the dream.

Chelsea Logan is a former athlete and peak performance coach. She helps professional athletes master their mental game so they can have longevity in their sport.



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