Jamie Anderson stays ahead of her time
March 5, 2006
Jamie Anderson’s year continued to get more profitable on Saturday when the 15-year-old Tahoe Paradise snowboarder won the women’s slopestyle event at the second annual Vans Tahoe Cup at Northstar-at-Tahoe.
Anderson earned $15,000 for her win on Friday at Northstar. Coupled with her performances at the Winter X Games and a U.S. Grand Prix slopestyle event in January, she has now won $28,000 in three major events this season.
“It’s pretty crazy because I actually didn’t think I did all that well,” said Anderson, who won a silver medal at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo. “I didn’t have the best run, but I just did all the tricks I knew I could land.”
Anderson won the event with a solid but not spectacular run in the finals. She landed a cab-360 and frontside 360, then avoided danger by riding out of a knuckle landing following a half-cab maneuver that came up a half-board length short.
Japan’s Izumi Amaike took second and won $8,500, while Mammoth Lakes’ Tara Dakides placed third and pocketed $3,000. Even though the Vans Tahoe Cup has earned a reputation as one of the biggest cash events in the world, Anderson said money isn’t her motivating factor.
“I don’t really do it for the money,” Anderson said. “I just like to ride. It’s not like I ride better when there is more money involved. I was in a lot of competitions before all of this where there wasn’t any money.”
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Anderson will compete next in the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships, scheduled for March 14-19 at Stratton Mountain, Vt.
Rein earns $4,000 payday
South Shore rider Danny Rein won $4,000 after earning the Tylenol “Fight through the Pain” Award during Friday’s rail jam at the second annual Vans Tahoe Cup at Northstar-at-Tahoe. No other details were provided.
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