Jasey-Jay Anderson made his fifth Olympic appearance at Sochi 2014, four years after he won a long-awaited gold medal in what was to be his final Olympic race. The second-last day of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games was rainy and foggy. In the Big Final, Anderson lost the first run, meaning he would have to overcome a deficit of 0.76 seconds in the second run. Barely visible while racing to the spectators on site and the television audience, he was able to make up the difference, winning Canada’s second gold medal in a span of 10 minutes after the men‘s team pursuit in long track speed skating.
Anderson had long been one of the world’s most successful snowboarders, winning multiple world championship medals, but had been unable to break onto the Olympic podium. When snowboarding made its Olympic debut in Nagano 1998, Anderson was the leader after the first run of giant slalom. But heavy clouds and fog rolled in, affecting almost all the competitors, including Anderson who ended up 16th.
In 2000-01, Anderson won his first of four Crystal Globes as overall World Cup champion. He also won the first of his four world championship titles, this one in giant slalom. But despite capturing another Crystal Globe in 2001-02, Anderson experienced even more Olympic disappointment in Salt Lake City 2002 when he failed to qualify for the elimination heats in parallel giant slalom. Although he strongly considered retiring, he forged on.
Over the next two seasons, Anderson would win two more Crystal Globes. At the 2005 World Championships he won gold in both the parallel giant slalom and the then-non-Olympic event of parallel slalom. In the lead-up to Turin 2006 Anderson began to have more success in snowboardcross. In his third Olympic appearance he finally achieved his first top-10 result with a fifth place finish in snowboardcross, ended up 20th in parallel giant slalom.
Despite being the “Old Man” on tour, Anderson continued to be a top competitor. At the 2009 World Championships he won his second career title in the parallel giant slalom.
After winning Olympic gold, Anderson retired. After Anderson decided to start creating his own snowboards, he returned to World Cup competition in December 2011 as a way to both test his product and maintain his passion for the sport.
World Championship Results
2011 (Stoneham, CAN): 12th – parallel slalom; 20th – parallel giant slalom 2009 (Gangwon, KOR): Gold – parallel giant slalom; 6th – parallel slalom 2007 (Arosa, SUI): 16th parallel slalom; 17th – parallel giant slalom; 26th – snowboard cross 2005 (Whistler, CAN): Gold – parallel slalom; Gold – parallel giant slalom; 10th – snowboard cross 2003 (Kreischberg, AUT): 12th parallel slalom; 16th – snowboard cross; 23rd – parallel giant slalom 2001 (Madonna di Campiglio, ITA): Gold – giant slalom; 5th – parallel slalom 1999 (Berchtesgaden, GER): 11th – parallel giant slalom; 12th – giant slalom; 25th – parallel slalom
Son of Jay and Micheline … Brother, Jayme Jay Anderson, was a World Cup snowboarder from 1991-1993 … Has two children, Jora and Jy, with wife Manon … Got his first snowboard for Christmas when he was 13… Had been introduced to skiing at age six by his ski instructor mother but was intrigued by snowboarding as it started appearing on hills… Through the Vancouver 2010 Games he had worn pairs of socks from a single batch of 20 pairs bought two decades earlier…