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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Olympic Snowboarder Jamie Anderson?

By Lisa Costantini | March 12, 2015, 1:28 p.m. (ET)

It doesn’t matter if you saw her on “The Celebrity Apprentice” or if you saw her on the mountain, Olympic slopestyle snowboarding champion Jamie Anderson always has a smile on her face. Even her Twitter page is a happy place, boasting positive phrases like “Go with the glow” and “Living the dream.” So we decided to see if you could figure out which upbeat quotes came from the 24-year-old, and which came from somewhere else. Answers are at the bottom. No cheating!

1) Jamie Anderson or her role model, snowboarder Tara Dakides?

“I didn’t think I was that competitive, but I am. I like to win. But not only that but I like to be able to do what I set out to do. It’s hard and it takes a lot of trust but it’s what we do. I love it.”

2) Jamie Anderson or inspirational saying?

“The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.”

3) Jamie Anderson or the philosophy behind Greenpeace?

“Do it for the trees. Do it for the Earth. Do it for each other.”

4) Jamie Anderson or quote from a Hallmark card?

“Enjoy the moments. It’s really about the living in the now.”

5) Jamie Anderson or the Olympic creed?

“The important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight; the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.”

6) Jamie Anderson or Oprah Winfrey?

“We have the freedom to feel however we want. That’s power.”

7) Jamie Anderson or Christopher Robin of “Winnie the Pooh”?

“You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

8) Jamie Anderson or Albert Einstein?

“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”

9) Jamie Anderson or Justin Timberlake?

“Most of the problems that I’m dealing with are first world problems and I’m fortunate to even talk about them.”

10) Jamie Anderson or America (the band)?

“On the first part of the journey I was looking at all the life. There were plants and birds and rocks and things.”


1. Jamie Anderson. The 2014 Sochi gold medalist admitted that she likes competing against other people because it pushes her, but that “it’s more about pushing my own riding. Doing it for me, and wanting to be a better rider and a better person. Sometimes it’s hard at judged events because there’s so much talent and so many different things to evaluate. So no one is ever going to be totally satisfied, but it’s part of the game.”  

2. Inspirational saying

3. Jamie Anderson. What Anderson said about the footage of her hugging a tree that ran on TV during the Sochi Games. “I think me and my friends went to the trees to go pee and took a moment to have a little yogi moment,” she said. “I mean, obviously I am a fan of nature. Who isn’t?”

4. Jamie Anderson. She said this motto is the reason she tries not to be attached to material things. “Sure, I really like that Sochi medal, but I would still be fine without it — if someone stole it or I lost it. Life goes on, you know?” But she said she has to remind herself of that sometimes. “It’s easy to be like, ‘Oh my God, I love that crystal and it flew off on the mountain.’ And then I think, ‘Oh, maybe I needed to give something back to the mountain for all that the mountains give to us.’ So it’s all about perspective.”

5. Olympic creed. The saying was inspired by the words of the Bishop of Pennsylvania, Ethelbert Talbot. The founder of modern Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin first spoke a similar phrase at a reception given by the British government in 1908. It went on to become the Olympic creed.

6. Jamie Anderson. Despite not always being able to do the run she had envisioned, Anderson said, “If I’m really sad because I wasn’t able to do exactly what I wanted to do, I have the power to feel however I want to feel. And I can feel happy and grateful. That’s what I forget sometimes.”

7. Christopher Robin. What he tells Winnie the Pooh after the bear tells his best friend he would be lost without him. From “Pooh’s Most Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin.”

8. Albert Einstein

9. Jamie Anderson. Anderson said that sometimes the pressure that’s put on her by others can make her feel out of balance. But she said, “writing helps. And I like to read and listen to music to inspire me. And yoga is a good place for me to go and chill and kind of reset and unwind.”

10. America. These are actually lyrics from one of her favorite songs, “A Horse With No Name.” Anderson said if she could karaoke to only one song, this would be it.

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