February 9, 2006
SUN Prediction: Gold Medal
Sun Media

Defending World Cup overall champion Jasey-Jay Anderson would love nothing more than to add his name to the list of Canadian athletes excelling in new Olympic disciplines.

A double gold medallist at the World championships in Whistler, B.C., last year, the reigning giant slalom and parallel giant slalom world champion enters the Games a favourite in snowboard cross, which makes its Olympic debut Feb. 16 in Bardonecchia, Italy.

Sure to be a TV darling of the Games, the new event adds a series of banks, kickers and waves to the course on which athletes compete individually against the clock in the first two qualification runs.

Things heat up considerably when the field is narrowed to 32 finalists who then race in groups of four, turning it into a roller derby on snow.

Ranked second in the event on the World Cup circuit, Anderson hopes to avenge a disappointing Salt Lake Games where he was a favourite in the parallel GS only to miss qualifying for the finals.

Anderson discounts the fact he has only won once this season, professing it's all part of tweaking equipment and technique as he builds toward the games.

"I sacrificed the whole beginning of the season result-wise to make sure the Olympic race is well prepared," said Anderson, who also will race in the parallel GS Feb. 22.

His biggest competition could come from 23-year-old teammate, Francois Boivin, who won silver in the event at last year's worlds.

Event Schedule

Sun., Feb. 12

Halfpipe

Thurs., Feb. 16

Snowboard cross

Wed., Feb. 22

Parallel

Previous Games

In 2002, Anderson struggled with the icy conditions and didn't make the final. In 1998, he led the GS field after qualifying but fell in the final.

Olympics:

2002

1998






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