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"We havent gotten to the level yet of other sports where athletes can ignore all the little extra exterior pressures of money that affect their performances, but getting to that level will be nice. It probably wont happen in my career, but it will be a good thing when it does.
"Its still a new sport, there have only been World Cup events for 10 years, and there are a lot of sports to compete with.
"Right now the industry is more focused on style than performance, although thats changing with the Olympics."
Anderson hasnt put too much thought into when hed like to retire, and likely wont even consider it until after the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
"Also 2010 is a huge carrot for me. Id love to compete in the Olympics in my own country," he said. "There are other things to consider. I have another child coming in May, and Id like to spend some time at home. Travelling is really what kills me one day Ill step off a plane and say thats it, thats why Ill stop. I love being in Europe but I hate travelling there.
"One day Id also like to just get a good day of freeriding at Whistler, instead of showing up there to race and getting back on the road. Or go to Europe, because youre never in one place long enough to appreciate it. Id like to get more freeriding in if you dont mix it up, do different sports, I think thats when you get burned out. You need to step away from what you do sometimes, get in a good day of freeriding or a good day of mountain biking, because you appreciate it when you get back to it.
"Ive been doing this for long enough that I dont need as much on-snow training, I spend my summers riding my mountain bike and in the gym working on my fitness. You cant go riding 365 days of the year."
When Anderson retires, he says he will probably take a few years off, but knows he wont be able to stay away for long. One day he can see himself coaching at the grassroots level, passing his experience along to the next generation of snowboarders. One day he could even see himself coaching the national team, although it will probably mean a lot more travelling and more time away from home.