KSL OLYMPICS

Tough Trip To China Ahead, Anderson Sees Gift Of World Stage

Jan 26, 2022, 4:54 PM
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MAMMOTH, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 08: (L-R) Zoi Sadowski Sinnott of Team New Zealand in second place, Jamie Anderson of Team United States in first place and Kokomo Murase of Team Japan in third place, pose for a pictures after the Women's Snowboard Slopestyle competition at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain on January 08, 2022 in Mammoth, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) — There is part of Jamie Anderson that wishes these upcoming Olympics weren’t in China.

The two-time snowboard gold medalist knows she’s not the only Olympian who thinks that. One of the many things that makes her unique is that she is willing to say it.

The 31-year-old from South Lake Tahoe, California, stands out in a sport filled with nonconformists.

She believes the question about whether to go to the Beijing Games, which are riven with conflicts about COVID-19, human rights, cybersecurity and more, should be something she can talk about freely.

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Tough Trip To China Ahead, Anderson Sees Gift Of World Stage