Originally published in the 30th Anniversary Issue of SNOWBOARDER Magazine, Mountain GOATS celebrates the most influential snowboarders of the last thirty years (1987-2017), otherwise known as the Greatest Of All Time list. With over 70 men and women riding into the ranks of the Mountain GOATS, check back as we release their bios and celebrated accolades over the course of the next few weeks!
Mountain Goat: Jamie Anderson
Long before Jamie Anderson was an Apprentice on NBC, she had already accomplished plenty of NBDs, a snowboarding savant with an unmatched consistency in the slopestyle contest circuit. To list off all of Jamie's competitive accomplishments would take more words than allotted here, but it's safe to say that the South Lake Tahoe native has—with one of snowboarding's most decorated trophy cases in tow—secured her spot in this list of Mountain GOATs without yet reaching the peak of her career.
Jamie began competing in her early teens, kicking off a long-running domination of the women's contest scene at age 16. She holds the most slopestyle medals of any snowboarder in X Games history, earning metallic hardware an unprecedented 11 times and medaling every single time she has competed in slope—she's been top three in Aspen every year since 2006. Her record at other esteemed events is just as rich: she's won three ESPY's, has been crowned TTR Champion numerous times, has nine USO top three finishes, and landed squarely among SNOWBOARDER's top three Women's Riders of the Year four times. After taking the gold in the 2014 Sochi Winter Games' first-ever slopestyle event, Jamie became a household name, and since then she's been perfecting bigger and more technical spins with her sights set on a return to the Olympics for both slope and 2018's inaugural big air event.
To put it simply, Jamie is one of the most dominant contest riders ever to strap in, but her winning streak is just the beginning of her legacy. Most recently, Jamie ventured out of bounds with the Full Moon crew and put her park prowess to the test in powder. And though she's used to standing on podiums, the Tahoe-raised rider took to dropping into pillows with the natural finesse she has displayed throughout her career thus far, transitioning proficiently from Aspen groomers to AK steeps. As Jamie continues to ride the line between contests and cornices, it's crystal clear that she will be at the top for many seasons to come.