Jamie Anderson is a professional American snowboarder. She is known as one of the top female snowboarders in the world, and has won seven medals in slopestyle at the Winter X Games between 2006 and 2013, including four golds.
Jamie Louise Anderson was born in South Lake Tahoe, California on September 13, 1990. Growing up one child of eight (6 girls, 2 boys) and home schooled along with her five other sisters, she got to spend much of her time outdoors, exploring nature, playing in the snow, hiking, camping, and hanging out at the lake. She has said that her two older sisters, Joanie and Stacie, were her biggest inspirations, and that she was only nine years old the first time she was allowed to go snowboarding. She immediately fell in love with the sport.
Like many starting out in the world of snowboarding, Jamie first began competing in USASA (United States of America Snowboard Association) events, and working her way up the ladder to the Nationals, FIS Junior World Championships, and Vans Triple Crown competitions. When she was 13, Jamie qualified for her first ever Winter X Games, and was one of the youngest athletes to ever do so. Two years later, she took her first bronze medal at the very same event, making her the youngest in the history of the Winter X Games to do so, edging out Shawn White by mere days.
From her first medal finish at the X Games, Jamie continued to improve dramatically in her skill set. She went on to take six more medals at the Winter X Games between the years of 2007 and 2013, with four of those medals being golds, one being silver, and one more being bronze. She has also taken first in slopestyle competitions throughout the years at events such as the Garnier Fructis Australian Open, Burton New Zealand, Australian, and European Open, as well as the Billabong Snowstock. Her style, strength, and finesse are what make her among the top female snowboarders in all the world, and earned her her first spot at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the women's slopestyle competition.