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FEATURE: CLUTCH PERFORMER

Excelling under pressure comes naturally to South Lake Tahoe snowboarder Jamie Anderson. The proof is in her vast collection of shiny hardware from her sport’s signature events.

Since age 15, when she dethroned Shaun White as the youngest medalist in Winter X Games history, Anderson has remained a steady force atop the women’s slopestyle field. The 27-year-old has amassed 13 X Games medals, multiple World Cup and Dew Tour titles, and four ESPY awards, including Best Female Action Sports Athlete in 2014.

That year, she came through with perhaps the biggest performance of her sparkling career at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Anderson delivered a flawless final run to bump Finnish rider Enni Rukajarvi from the top of the podium, flowing through Russia’s Rosa Khutor Extreme Park with style and amplitude to claim gold in slopestyle’s Olympic debut.

She has not skipped a beat since. Along with her continued success in the slopestyle, Anderson has expanded her snowboarding resume, adding big air competitions to her repertoire and starring in a two-year backcountry film project called Full Moon.

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