Jenny Jones

PIONEERING OLYMPIC SNOWBOARDING MEDALLIST

Jenny Jones is a British professional snowboarder most famous for being the first Briton to win an Olympic medal in a snow event. The Olympic Speaker first discovered her love of snowboarding aged 17 after having a free 30-minute lesson on a dry ski slope with her brothers in Somerset, close to her hometown of Downend, Bristol.

Travelling to the Italian Alps on a college trip, Jenny decided that she wanted to pursue the sport full-time instead of going to university. After her college exams, Jenny headed to France and funded her dream by working as a chalet maid in Tignes and riding whenever she could. Entering her first competition in 1999, Jenny set the snowboarding scene alight and has won a number of big air and slopestyle competitions – including four Winter X-Games and winning three gold medals in two consecutive years in 2009 and 2010 in Aspen and Tignes.

Sochi is where Jenny exploded into the public eye, however, when the Olympic Speaker performed admirably in the slopestyle event at the 2014 Winter Olympics – at one point she was in pole position with the gold medal in her sights. Jenny helped provide one of the most memorable moments in the Games when her performance led to some of the most ecstatic and passionate commentary ever to come from the BBC press box. In securing third place, she took home Britain’s first ever snowsports medal – all the more remarkable considering that the UK has no natural snowboarding terrain.

Jenny’s amazing performance has led to her securing a number of media roles, including fronting Jenny Jones’ Extreme, a monthly radio series for BBC Radio 5 Live, and being a coach on Channel 4’s celebrity winter sports competition The Jump.

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