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Let the games begin!
We’re one month away from the 2018 Winter Olympics and Team USA is already receiving plenty of buzz for their talented group of athletes.
One Olympic veteran named Jamie Anderson is grabbing the attention of sports lovers for all the right reasons.
After winning gold at the 2014 games, Jamie is focused and determined to win big once again for her country. And yes, she’s ready for another unforgettable experience in the snow.
Before the races begin, take a look at five fun facts about the FIS World Cup Champion. Something tells us you’ll remember this name in the days and weeks to come.
Cupid Strikes: Sorry gentlemen, but this athlete is totally taken. According to Instagram, Jamie has been dating X Games medalist and snowboarder Tyler Nicholson for more than three years. “We’ve been friends for 5 years and dating for almost 3… I feel so thankful to have you as my best friend!” she previously shared on Instagram. “We’ve gone through highs & lows together, which I feel makes our friendship even more solid! I feel more in love everyday and am so grateful for our relationship! Life is short, enjoy every moment!!!”
No Snow, No Problem: While Jamie spends plenty of time training in the snow, she also loves the ocean blue waters. When celebrating her 27th birthday, the athlete headed to Hawaii for a relaxing vacation with her boyfriend. “On my birthday morning we went for an amazing swim in one of my favorite places on the planet… KAUAI,” she shared online. You can also find her paddle boarding or hanging out at Southern California’s Balboa Island.
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Namaste Athletes: When not flying down the mountains, Jamie finds peace and quiet with yoga. “Morning ritual…. Yoga ~ Tea ~ Music ~ Incense ~ Gratitude,” she shared on social media. “What’s your favorite thing to do when you have slow mornings?” As she reminds her fans: It’s important to take care of your body on and off the snow.
Do-Gooder: Established in 2013, the Jamie Anderson Foundation has a goal to give back to young kids hoping to reach their athletic dreams. According to Jamie’s website, “Our mission is to offer young athletes access and financial assistance to participate in winter sports, pursue their dreams and connect with the environment. Since the Foundation’s creation, we have provided more than 30 young winter sports athletes with equipment, clothing, season passes and finical aid so they can travel to the USASA national competitions.” You can make a donation online now.
History Maker: When appearing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Jamie made history by winning the first Olympic gold medal in slopestyle. “I tried to visualize and trust that I could land the run I wanted to,” she shared with reporters after the win. “And also remember to have fun because that’s what snowboarding is all about. I’m just trying as hard as I can to live moment to moment and embrace each and every second. It’s all happening so fast and what’s most important is what’s happening right now.”
The Winter Olympics begin February 8th on NBC.