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Anderson gives it his all, fully completely

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Seven among many reasons Canadians are ecstatic Jasey Jay Anderson won the country's 12th gold medal of the Games (and assured it a record 25), coming from behind to win men's parallel giant slalom. In honor of him and his favorite band, we'll do it all with Tragically Hip song titles

1. Escape is at hand for the travellin' man. The 34-year-old veteran may now go out on top and dedicate himself to his blueberry farm and young family, spouse Manon and daughters Jora and Jy. Judging from his bio and the catch in his voice during his interview, it sounded like a great ending.

2. Long time running. Anderson had won all there was to win in snowboarding, but never an Olympic medal, let alone a gold. This completes his mantle as a boarder.

3. Daredevil. In his own words, Anderson was "swimming" all day in rain-soaked Whistler, but he managed to make the turns he needed in the second leg of the final, making up a 0.76-second deficit on Austria's Benjamin Karl.

4. Courage. Karl's lead was "virtually impossible" to overcome, as Anderson said afterward. Somehow, he had it in him: "A true athletes thrives on adversity, and I just tried to be a true athlete today."

5. Fireworks. How many golds has it been for Canada since running up the white flag on Own The Podium ... "Isn't it amazing what you can accomplish / When you don't let the nation get in your way."

6. Save the planet. You heard CTV's Jamie Campbell mention multiple times that Anderson is a blueberry farmer. On his official website, he notes his motivation is to blend work with family, while helping promote healthy lifestyles. In other words, keeping it simple.

7. On the verge. Anderson's gold was Canada's 12th of the Games. If the curling and hockey teams win, it would give the country 14, an all-time record at the Winter Games.

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