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U.S. slopestyle snowboarder Jamie Anderson has three Winter X Games gold medals to her name and is a favorite to win gold in Sochi. We caught up with her and talked about growing up in a big family, her training regimen and more.
Tell us a little about your background.
I was born and raised in the mountains, grew up playing outside in the snow. And eventually got into snowboarding with my two older sisters. I'm from a big family, one of eight: five sisters, two brothers. [There] wasn't a ton of money flow to go buy equipment, but through family friends and sponsors, we all got involved. Sierra at [Lake] Tahoe, my home mountain, was our first sponsor. We started doing local events and getting small sponsors at a young age.
Like survival of the fittest kind of families, or what?
Thankfully, we always had a lot of food on our table, so no one was really fighting for food, but we definitely had a gigantic family. Everyone kinda looked after each other and we became really independent from a young age, taking care of each other and cooking our own food. I was just about in the middle. Me and my older sister are four and five. We're five and six.