Jamie Anderson, Olympic snowboarding champion, announces pregnancy

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Jamie Anderson, a two-time Olympic snowboarding champion, announced she is pregnant.

“The most precious and beautiful I’ve ever felt,” was posted on Anderson’s social media. “So incredibly grateful.”

Anderson, a 32-year-old who is engaged to 2018 Canadian Olympic snowboarder Tyler Nicholson, plans to return to competition in late 2023 and try for one more Olympics, a fourth for her, in 2026, according to People, which reported she is seven months pregnant.

A rep for Anderson later clarified that while she is planning on the 2026 Winter Games in Italy, she will take her competitive future on a season-by-season basis beyond that.

“I wasn’t planning on retiring with or without the baby, but I’m just so excited to be able to share this experience with our family,” Anderson said, according to the magazine. “I can see Tyler at the bottom of X Games with the little one. I think that would be really sweet.”

Anderson won the first two Olympic women’s slopestyle titles in 2014 and 2018. She placed ninth this past February after a tearful run-up to the Games.

Anderson also took silver in the first Olympic women’s big air event in 2018. Her 21 career X Games medals across all sites are tied for the record with Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris.

New Zealand’s Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, 21, won Olympic slopestyle gold and big air silver in February after sweeping the titles at January’s X Games in Aspen, Colorado. Austria’s Anna Gasser, 31, repeated as big air gold medalist.

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Max Parrot the latest snowboard star to take competition break

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Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot, who came back from 12 rounds of chemotherapy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma to win slopestyle gold and big air bronze at February’s Olympics, will not compete this season but will keep training.

“After ten years of sacrifice and continuous efforts to win, I’m allowing myself to take a break to recharge my batteries during this first year of the Olympic cycle,” Parrot, 28, said in a press release.

Parrot, after earning his first Olympic medal in 2018 (slopestyle silver), was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Dec. 21 of that year. Thirteen months later, he came back to win the X Games Aspen big air title.

In the Beijing slopestyle final, Parrot won with a 90.96-point second run of three. He called it the best run of his career with a triple cork 1620, a triple cork 1440 and a triple cork 1620.

“Three years ago, I was laying down on a hospital bed going through cancer,” he said after taking gold. “It was never an option for cancer to beat me, but for sure I was scared a lot of time.

“I just try to smile all day long now, and the results comes with that as well.”

In May, Parrot and his fiancée, Kayla, welcomed their first child.

“With the arrival of my son, the desire to be present for my family is stronger than going to perform in competitions,” said Parrot, the most decorated Canadian Olympic snowboarder with a medal of every color.

Previously, two-time Olympic halfpipe champion Chloe Kim and 2018 Olympic big air gold medalist Sébastien Toutant announced they are taking the post-Olympic season off.

The snowboard season includes X Games Aspen in late January and the world championships in Georgia (the country, not the state) in February and March.

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Sebastien Toutant, first Olympic men’s big air champ, to sit out at least this season

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Canadian Sébastien Toutant, the first man to win an Olympic big air title in 2018, said he will take at least this season off from competition to focus on snowboard filming.

“Will see what happens for next season,” Toutant said in an email, confirming a report from Le Journal de Quebec.

Toutant, 30, crashed in big air qualifying as defending Olympic champion this past February. Toutant, who in practice had bruised his heel so bad that he was barely able to walk, was helped off with a sore back and neck and a bloody mouth, too.

China’s Su Yiming ended up winning.

Toutant is the oldest of Canada’s golden generation of male snowboarders. Olympic slopestyle champion Max Parrot and three-time Olympic medalist Max McMorris are both 28.

Toutant, a Québécois known as “Seb Toots,” started riding at age 9 after his parents refused to replace his broken skis, forcing him to take runs on his brother’s old snowboard.

In addition to his Olympic title, Toutant won the X Games Aspen slopestyle in 2011.

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