Born on September 13, 1990, in South Lake Tahoe, California, Jamie Anderson learned to snowboard as a 9-year-old. She competed in her first Winter X Games at 13, and at 16 became its youngest female winner. A multi-time gold medalist in her signature slopestyle event, Anderson has also won season championships in two of snowboarding's premier circuits, the TTR World Tour and the Winter Dew Tour.
Jamie Louise Anderson was born on September 13, 1990, in South Lake Tahoe, California. One of eight children, she grew to love the outdoor activities that were part of a mountain-town lifestyle.
Anderson was home-schooled along with her five sisters, the eldest two proving strong influences in her life. They introduced her to snowboarding at the age of 9, and all three became part of the snowboard team at the local Sierra-at-Tahoe resort.
Jamie Anderson began taking part in regional competitions, working her way up to national and junior world championship events. At age 13, she qualified for her first Winter X Games in the boardercross, a racing event, but soon became better known for her mesmerizing tricks in the slopestyle.
At 15, Anderson won the Winter X Games slopestyle bronze medal to supplant Shaun White as the youngest medalist in the history of the popular winter showcase. She topped that effort the following year by becoming the youngest woman to win a Winter X Games gold medal.
Along with her success at the X Games, Anderson starred in her sport's premier pro events. She was named the women's TTR World Tour champion in 2008, 2011 and 2012, and the Winter Dew Tour women's champion in 2011 and 2012.
Anderson notched her fourth slopestyle gold and seventh overall medal at the Winter X Games in 2013. With slopestyle named an Olympic event for the first time at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, she quickly became one of the gold medal favorites in her signature event.
Seeking to leverage her success into positive contributions to her community, Anderson created an environmentally conscious clothing company named TRYE (To Respect Your Earth). She also collaborated with her old middle school to develop a sponsorship program for gifted children who have an interest in snowboarding but lack the funds.
Along with hiking, paddleboarding and camping, Anderson names yoga as one of her favorite non-snowboarding activities.
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