Five things you didn’t know about Jasey-Jay Anderson 

Four-time World Cup title winner sets sites on Worlds at Whistler

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Retiring won’t be easy, he says.

"Snowboarding will always be fun for me. I’ve been doing it long enough, and that’s plenty of time where the fun could have been taken out of it me. In a few of my tough years I had to find ways to make it fun, but right now I’m enjoying it as much as I ever have.

"I’m also getting great support from my family and friends and sponsors. When you’re out there busting your ass and nobody is supporting, it’s going to be uphill all the way."

This season Anderson says he doesn’t have any goals, but with the overall World Cup and snowboardcross leads this early in the season he says he will probably go for his fifth overall title and possibly his third career snowboardcross title.

"I always start the season saying I’m going to go out and have an easy season because I’m tired from last year, but then I end up ahead in the points, so I decided I’ll go for it. Right now I’ll just focus on the World championships and staying on track for the Olympics next year. And keeping my sponsors happy. That’s it."

SIDEBAR: Five things you didn’t know Jasey-Jay Anderson

1. Jasey-Jay was named after a character in one of Louis L’Amour’s wild west novels. His father, a log cabin home builder, was a fan of the genre. His older brother is Jayme-Jay, his father is Jay, and his uncles are Jeb, Jeff and Joel. He also has cousins named Jason, Jana, Justice and Jesse James.

2. During his summers, Jasey-Jay Anderson tends a blueberry farm he started two years ago, something he hopes to spend more time on when he retires. When he retires from snowboarding, his goal is to spend his winters coaching and his summers farming.

3. Although he’s best known as a racer and snowboardcross athlete, Anderson has competed in World Cup halfpipe and big air events in the past if there was an open quota spot for a Canadian. He hasn’t entered a freestyle event in three years, but admits that he still rides the park from time to time.

4. When he isn’t snowboarding, Anderson sometimes breaks out the skis. He’s not competing on planks just yet but does have a sponsorship from Fischer Skis. He also has a mountain bike sponsor, which is one of his favourite hobbies. "I have a trail right outside my house," he says. His other winter sports include cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, while his other favourite summer sports include running and kayaking. He also likes to paint and has a degree in fine arts.

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