Jones on cloud nine since slopestyle success
February 26, 2014 10:09 am
When Jenny Jones boarded her flight for Russia almost a month ago, the slopestyle specialist expected Sochi to be like any of other competition.
With over ten years of international experience, the 33-year-old was not fazed by competing with an Olympic logo printed on her jersey.
To her she was just going to do what was natural - even if that is stringing several tricks together as she flips down a mountain on a snowboard.
However Jones couldn’t have been more wrong as the reality was something that she had never expected.
And this feeling intensified once she had won Great Britain’s first medal of the 2014 Winter Games.
Securing bronze just two days after the opening ceremony was only the beginning of her Olympic experience as Jones’ made sure to absorb as much as Sochi’s atmosphere as possible.
There were many firsts for the three-time X Games champion, though one thing came as a surprise even to her.
She discovered a passion for a sport far less dangerous than her own but at the same time equally as acrobatic – figure skating.
Despite this though she’s sure her feet will remain strapped onto a board rather than laced into a skate.
“I really enjoyed the figure skating, I was always watching it. I went with GB’s Jenna McCorkell and she sat there teaching me lots of different things,” Jones added.
“Not just the gossip about the other ice skaters but also the tricks they were working on and her insight just made the whole event much more exciting.
“To see the tricks they were doing up close was so impressive and watching skaters of a world class level like that was amazing.”
Jones ended Team GB’s 90-year wait for a medal on snow and this success reverberated throughout her teammates and supporters on British soil.
“I wasn’t really thinking about that it at the time but once I had won the medal, I realised that it had geared everyone up and given everyone a boost," she added.
“It was just nice to feel like I had helped the rest of team GB. I didn’t initially realise the affect it had as I was so chuffed and caught up in the moment, celebrating with all the guys in the village.
“Then things started gradually flooding in about what was happening back home and I was so shocked. It was just so cool and when I got home it was a totally different experience again.”
Slopestyle was included into Sochi’s schedule in an attempt to connect with a wider, younger audience, so the sport itself could become the greatest benefactor from Jones’ success.
Despite being a key element to its ever growing popularity, Jones is refraining from any thoughts towards the 2018 games in Pyeongchang - for the moment at least.
“We’ve got so many guys that got in the top ten at our first Olympics, so to have that support going into the 2018 Olympics is crucial,” Jones added.
“Hopefully that will filter down and we will see youngsters coming through. I personally haven’t thought about myself as I’m definitely just enjoying this moment.
“I hope the team will go on to do more and I will see how it goes for me but it will always be a cherished moment.
“I do also think London 2012 was important too because that wave of exposure carried on and people were more in tune that the Winter Olympics were coming.”
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