Snowboarder Jenny Jones is the nation’s new sporting hero. The 33-year-old made history in Sochi on Sunday by winning slopestyle bronze – Great Britain’s first medal on snow at the Winter Olympics.
After an agonising 45-minute wait as her fellow riders completed their runs, it was finally confirmed that Jenny was an Olympic medallist. Giggling at the realisation she had made British sporting history, the down-to-earth Bristolian said, “I can’t believe it. I can’t believe I am the only athlete to win a medal on snow. It’s ridiculous – me, just Jenny from Bristol.”
Now an overnight sensation, Jenny has in fact been a trailblazer in her sport for more than a decade. She is a three-time X Games slopestyle gold medallist, and former silver medallist, and she finished sixth at last year’s World Championships.
But what else do we know about the snowboarding star ! Online investigates…
– Jenny has been banned from high heels, skateboarding and Irish dancing until after Sochi – all have caused ankle injuries in the past.
– She owns some lucky underwear and has a favourite snowboard.
– During her teenage years, she focused on athletics and gymnastics, specialising in 400m, long jump and cross-country.
– She didn’t start snowboarding until she was 17, when she was offered free lessons at her local dry slope.
– After leaving college, she spent a ski season working as a chalet maid in Tignes – the same French resort where she won the Euro X Games in 2010, 10 years later.
– She and GB team-mate Aimee Fuller are planning a post-Olympics motorbike road trip around the US.
– Her snowboarding stance is described as ‘goofy’ – a ‘goofy’ footer stands with the right foot forward; someone who is ‘natural footed’ has the left foot forward.
– She is a patron of the UK charity, the Caring Cancer Trust.
– Jenny is a keen surfer, and spends her spare time chasing waves in Cornwall and Devon with her photographer boyfriend Tom.
– She spent the evening before her medal-winning performance watching Downton Abbey.