Jasey Jay Anderson, 26, of Saint-Jovite, Que., enters the Olympics as one of Canada's brightest hopes for a gold medal.
Anderson won seven World Cup races across three disciplines last season and is the world champion in the men's giant slalom. Unfortunately, giant slalom is no longer an Olympic event. Anderson hasn't been as successful in the parallel GS, the side-by-side duel that will be the Olympic medal event taking its place at Salt Lake. But he was consistently in the top five last season and he's getting serious about it at the right time.
He feels ready to follow in the footsteps of Ross Rebaglati, who won, lost, then reclaimed his prize after testing positive for marijuana. In fact, he could have won gold in Nagano instead of his infamous former teammate.
Anderson was leading the competition after the first of two runs. And then everything fell apart. After a change in weather delayed the competition, his nervous got the best of him. He finished 16th.
Following that disappointment, Anderson started to win races in North America and Europe. His consistency improved as he gained more experience, and he became to win. He hasn't stopped since then.