Jamie Anderson, Olympic snowboarder
“So much ego is involved in our sport, and that’s one of the hardest things to balance, and it has been for a long time. What helped me push forward was getting out of my ego and realizing, no matter what I do, there’s always going to be younger girls coming up, and that’s just the nature of life. Embrace it. And even if I’m not always going to be the best, at least I’m doing my personal best and am inspired by those girls. Changing my mind and not being so stuck in ‘I suck. They’re great.’ Just realizing everyone is doing their best and that’s all we can do is what helped me get to the right place.”
“I think inside I have my own goals and plans, and I’m a big dreamer. The manifestation of the law of attraction is really powerful. But having so much competition this year, it’s been harder to be like, ‘I’m going to go win gold.’ I’ve just been trying to have the thought in my head to just perform my best and bless the rest.
“All I can do is focus on me. I have no control over everyone around me, and genuinely, I hope everyone does their best because it’s such a great stage to be on. It’s been fun. Today, I’m feeling good. Tomorrow, I might feel scared. Who knows?”
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