Get inside Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson’s head

Eating right, practicing yoga, getting outdoors, and staying focused all keep the top-level rider on the podium

Snowboarder Jamie Anderson never forgets to smile. Photo courtesy of Jamie Anderson.

Jamie Anderson never forgets to smile. Then again, she’s kind of got a lot to smile about these days. Photo courtesy Jamie Anderson

At only 23 years of age, snowboarder Jamie Anderson has received accolades that most snowboarders only dream of--and she's still aiming high. With a total of seven Winter X Games medals, she's the clear favorite for women’s slopestyle in Aspen, where she’s headed this week to defend her back-to-back gold medals.

Oh, and she managed to secure her spot on the U.S. Olympic snowboard slopestyle team last week, too--winning four of the five events in the qualifying series along the way. If all goes as planned, she could medal in the first-ever Olympic slope contest in Sochi, Russia, next month.

Though life and her career have taken her all over the world, Lake Tahoe, California, has always been home to Anderson. It's where she and her seven siblings were raised and where she first learned to snowboard. Not surprisingly, Anderson has a strong connection with the great outdoors and has come to value and appreciate its natural beauty in her everyday life. It's this foundation that’s helped make Anderson the person she is today.

But don't take our word for it! GrindTV recently caught up with Anderson to find out what makes her tick. Here’s what she shared.

Anderson gets centered at Lake Tahoe. Photo courtesy of Jamie Anderson.

Anderson gets centered at Lake Tahoe. Photo courtesy of Jamie Anderson

When I feel overwhelmed I ... meditate.

When I can't snowboard, I ... mountain bike, practice yoga, or go for walks.

Before I drop in on a run, I always ... take a moment to focus, breathe, ground myself, and smile!

I am superstitious about ... not superstitious at all.

Winning an Olympic medal would mean ... being a good role model!

When I need to relax, I ... go to the spa, go to yoga, or just chill at the lake.

I am inspired by ... Mother Earth. The mountains, the trees, my friends, all our relations, spirituality, and my mom.

My favorite workout is ... yoga or mountain biking.

Three things that are always in my purse, backpack, or carry-on bag are ... essential oils, a book, and my journal.

My favorite three musical artists on my playlist are ... Wyclef Jean, Passenger, and Xavier.

Books on my reading list include ... The Power of Now [by Eckhart Tolle], Being of Power [by Baron Baptiste], Book of Chakras.

My New Year's resolutions are ... yoga every day. Be kind. Stay positive. Stay healthy, happy, strong, and passionate.

Foods I can't live without ... organic vegetables. Don’t take over the pure goodness, Monsanto!

On contest days, I always make sure ... to stay present and have fun!

When the Olympics are over, I will ... go ride pow in Baldface [Lodge in Nelson, British Columbia], then go to Wanderlust yoga and music festival in Hawaii.

When I can't sleep, I ... read or write.

One place I'd really like to snowboard, but haven't, is … Nepal.

On the plane, do you choose an aisle or window seat? Window! I love to look at Earth in a different perspective.

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