12 Daredevil U.S. Olympians to Watch at Sochi

These fearless American athletes are looking to storm the podium at the upcoming Winter games
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Jamie Anderson
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Jamie Anderson

Sport: Slopestyle snowboarding
Age: 23
Hometown: Lake Tahoe, California
Favorite Music: "Right now I'm listening to Nas, Wyclef Jean, Bob Marley, Xavier Rudd, and recently Trevor Hall."

Slopestyle snowboarding and skiing are making their debut at the Sochi games, and not everyone is a fan. Esteemed sportscaster Bob Costas recently called it "Jackass stuff that they invented and called Olympic sports." The yoga-loving Anderson, who has won slopestyle gold at the X Games four times, is not amused. "Apparently our sport still has to deal with and overcome some ridiculous stereotypes," she says about Costas's comments. "I've worked hard most of my young life to get to where I am as a snowboarder. It's disappointing to see someone with such an influential voice in the Olympics imply that my sport is somehow not up to par, when snowboarding has done so much to revive the Olympics in recent years and make it more relevant to the world's youth." 

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