Jasey Jay Anderson to write history at Sochi
Jasey Jay Anderson (CAN) has already secured his place in the history books of the Olympic Winter Games by winning Gold in the parallel giant slalom race at the Vancouver Games on home soil back in 2010. In Sochi, he is adding another chapter.
Four years after his career's biggest success, the four-time World Champion is not only the oldest competitor in the men's field of 32 but also the sole rider who has been competing at ever Olympics since snowboarding officially got introduced to the Olympic programme.
In 1998 (Nagano), the 38-year-old from Mont-Tremblant finished in 16th position of the giant slalom. In 2002 (Park City), he had to settle for 29th in the parallel giant slalom before competing twice back in 2006.
In Torino, he gave it a shot in both, the pgs (5th) and at the debut of snowboard cross where he finished in 20th position.
In 2010, the goofy rider decided to focus on only one event – a move which turned out as a very smart one.
Despite tough conditions with low visibility, the father of two carved to Gold.
“Vancouver was the most beautiful for me. Nagano was also extraordinary and Torino also really good – but it's the people who make the Games.
In Torino, the place we slept at was really, really bad, the Italians were criticised for the timing of their construction work, but the Games were fantastic and we created stories“, the raceboard veteran said during a press conference today.
After also winning the 2010 World Cup finals at La Molina just a few weeks later he decided to retire in order to concentrate on developing his own board brand but couldn't let go of his passion for competitive snowboarding.
He celebrated a comeback in December 2011 at Telluride and has been participating in 21 alpine snowboarding World Cup events ever since but couldn't tie on to his good results so far.
He made it to the finals of the top-16 only four times. But Anderson can look back on a total of 233 World Cup starts and thus a huge bag of experience.
Especially in warm conditions when riders are forced to surf some soft snow, Anderson is still a podium threat the rest of the field has to have on the list.
The current weather situation thus could play in his hands again.
However, Anderson will take it as it comes: “We can surf anything. If it's hard ice, we're ready, if it's super slushy we're ready. Either, or.”