Back home from the Games, Jasey-Jay Anderson is keeping a promise made to his children way before the Olympics; he’s fabricating them snowboards.
“The kids created the design. I’ve also made one for my mom who still snowboards at age 70. We had a great time! My oldest daughter, Jora, was so excited to be with me in the shop she couldn’t stop giggling while making her drawing.”
Usually when Manon and the children come to the mountain, they ski on the Jasey-Jay Anderson Trail, their favorite. The girls are so proud, and they make sure snowflakes don’t cover their dad’s name on the sign. Hopefully, they will be able to ride on their brand new snowboards during the school break.
A balanced life is definitely easier to find for the Andersons when Jasey-Jay is home. Even if the girls are used to having their dad away for work, they cannot get enough of hugs and kisses when he’s around. For Manon, no matter what the future brings for Jasey-Jay, she will just go with the flow and make sure the family is united.
“All the pressure of performing faded when I won the gold medal in Vancouver in 2010. I had a different take about the Olympics this year. I accomplished what I wanted although you always compete for more. The pressure from the media is not always easy to handle, especially when you have to explain your results. Let’s just say that I’m even more humble now! I love snowboarding; it’s a great sport and it keeps me in good shape. Who knows what life has planned for me; as long as I have my family near that is the only thing that matters. I embrace every second with them.”
So many sacrifices must be made by athletes and their family but Jasey-Jay is a fighter and will not give up easily. After being part of five Olympics, he’s still on the top of his game. He can also count on this community’s unconditional support and respect.
From March 12 to 14, Tremblant will be hosting the Canadian Championship. Jasey-Jay Anderson and Ariane Lavigne will be competing in their last race of the season. Hopefully you will be attending and cheering for them as much as we will.