DAEGWALLYEONG, South Korea — So what does it take to win two Olympic medals in a single Winter Games? Jamie Anderson thinks she knows the secret ingredient.
The 27-year-old snowboarder defended her Olympic title in women’s slopestyle by winning gold in the opening days of the PyeongChang Games, then followed it up Thursday by winning silver in the debut of the big air competition. So what did she do to prepare her big medal-winning runs?
“Took a hot shower, put on my essential oils. Couldn’t really eat anything, so I made my tea with ghee, which I love,” she said, pointing to a metal travel mug in her bag. “Listen to music; try to dance it out.”
As it turns out, ghee is a staple of Anderson’s Olympic diet. Ever since she burst on the scene at the 2014 Sochi Games, Anderson has made no secret of her penchant for crystals, meditation, candles, essential oils — basically anything that keeps her chi in order, her chakra in balance and her spirits light. Ghee is a kind of clarified butter, common in Indian cooking and increasingly popular in health and spiritual wellness circles.
“I love ghee,” Anderson said, “because, especially in the morning if I’m not eating food, it’s like really healthy fats for your brain. And it’s just delicious. I make my own ghee and kind of give it good love.”
Wait, good love?
Anderson explained she use organic, grass-fed butter and cooks it down.
“When you’re cooking it, to make really good ghee, you give it sound therapy,” she said. “So I do my little singing bowl, like ‘om’ sound, and put crystals around it.”
Ghee is apparently an important part of getting Anderson’s mind and body right before a competition, making her as comfortable as possible on her board.
“I love to feel good. I don’t want to feel stressed or anxious,” she said. “At times I get pretty nervous for sure, and I think you can see it. But today I felt pretty relaxed.”
Anderson made a batch of ghee back at her California home, near Lake Tahoe, and brought a whole jar to PyeongChang. Her big showing in Thursday’s big air competition marked the end of her Olympics — which is probably a good thing.
“Running low,” she said of her ghee supply. “I got to go back, back to the mainland.”
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