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Five things you didn’t know about Jasey-Jay Anderson

Four-time World Cup title winner sets sites on Worlds at Whistler



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"We haven’t 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 won’t happen in my career, but it will be a good thing when it does.

"It’s 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 that’s changing with the Olympics."

Anderson hasn’t put too much thought into when he’d like to retire, and likely won’t even consider it until after the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.

"Also 2010 is a huge carrot for me. I’d 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 I’d like to spend some time at home. Travelling is really what kills me – one day I’ll step off a plane and say that’s it, that’s why I’ll stop. I love being in Europe but I hate travelling there.

"One day I’d 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 you’re never in one place long enough to appreciate it. I’d like to get more freeriding in – if you don’t mix it up, do different sports, I think that’s 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.

"I’ve been doing this for long enough that I don’t need as much on-snow training, I spend my summers riding my mountain bike and in the gym working on my fitness. You can’t go riding 365 days of the year."

When Anderson retires, he says he will probably take a few years off, but knows he won’t 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.