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Bristol’s Jenny Jones wins first medal on snow for Britain at Sochi 2014

Jenny Jones GB Sochi 2014The Olympic games are back and, once again, women are showing their sporting prowess – including local woman Jenny Jones from Downend who won the bronze today in women’s slopestyle.

Jones started snowboarding at the age of 16 on the dry ski slope in Churchill before taking a gap year to work in a chalet where her passion was honed. She quit the chalet to devote herself to the slopes. Before achieving full-time sponsorship, Jones self-funded by working in shops, bars, and factories.

At 33, Jones was the oldest competitor in slopestyle snowboarding at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, demonstrating that age is no barrier with determination, hard work, and courage. 

After completing her run, Jones told Matthew Pinsent: “It feels amazing, absolutely amazing. I can’t believe it”. She went on to thank all of her supporters: 

Thank you to absolutely everyone who has supported me. Just thank you so much to everyone back home.”

In addition to her supporters, Jones also drew strength from fellow Olympian, rower Katherine Grange who she watched compete at London 2012. According to The Guardian, Jones said:

“I don’t even know anything about rowing but I knew her story and I was in tears watching the telly. She kept on trying and she did it. I took a lot from that.”

We expect many girls and women to see Jones in that same inspiring way, drawing on her drive to achieve their own goals. A brilliant role model for Bristol and for aspiring athletes everywhere.

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