Anderson ends snowboard career as champion
Captures parallel giant slalom at Canadian championships in Mont-Tremblant
Jasey-Jay Anderson finished an incredible season — and his career — Wednesday by winning the parallel giant slalom in his hometown of Mont-Tremblant, Que., at the Canadian snowboard championships.
Meanwhile, Anderson's friend and fellow rider Alexa Loo of Richmond, B.C., won the same event in the women's competition — for the seventh time in her career.
Anderson has racked up a total of six podium appearances on the World Cup tour during what has been a storybook season, including a victory last week in La Molina, Spain, and an Olympic gold medal at the Vancouver Games.
He plans to retire at the end of this season.
"I had lots of fun, and I'll miss it for sure," said Anderson. "I'm very happy right now."
Anderson, 34, charged the course in each of his 10 runs Wednesday with his aggressive and confident style. But at the bottom of the mountain, he was relaxed and took time to sign autographs for admiring fans and visit with his family in between his runs.
"I had a great warmup today," he said. "My rival, Matt Morrison, was in the final, and he made me sweat. I had good runs and a lot of fun."
Morrison, who came in second and challenged Anderson in both runs of the final, has also had a successful season, with four podium finishes on the World Cup circuit and an 11th-place finish at the Olympic Games.
Darren Gardner of Burlington, Ont., defeated Pat Farrell of Oakville, Ont., for the bronze medal.
Loo, meanwhile, defeated Megan Farrell of Richmond Hill, Ont., in the gold medal dual. Both riders blew through the rest of the field to the finals.
"It's really cool to get the title again, because everyone's been riding really well this year," said Loo. "People have been stepping it up, and it's a tough field to get on top of."
Loo's best result this season was a second-place finish on the World Cup circuit in January. She also had the top result for Canadian women in parallel giant slalom at the Olympic Games, finishing 12th.
Caroline Calve of Montreal finished in third place just in front of Calgary's Ekaterina Zavialova.
Calve also competed for Canada at the Olympics and finished 20th.