Jones enjoys Olympic moment before deciding on future plans
March 25, 2014 11:24 am
Olympic bronze medallist Jenny Jones is refusing to rule out making a run at Pyeongchang 2018 - but her immediate attentions are being drawn to inspiring the next generation of British slope stars.
The 33-year-old has been busy since returning from Sochi, with talk shows and open-top bus tours replacing some of the usual surf and snowboard sessions in her diary.
But Jones admits that the next Winter Olympics may be too far away for her, although she’s not planning on hanging up her board just yet.
“There’s never been a four-year goal like the Olympics for slopestyle, so it’s a whole new world for me to think like that,” she said.
“It was announced two years ago that slopestyle would be in the Winter Olympics, and two years didn’t sound like that far away, so I thought I’d just about make Sochi.
“Four years is different so I’ll have to see. I don’t want to make the decision yet, I want to let everything heal up from Sochi, and when I don’t feel quite so injured I’ll make the decision.
“It’s only another year or so until the X Games and events like that, so if I get invited I’d definitely consider doing those.
“I’m not sure about competing in four years time. Snowboarding has a lot of impact on your body and you do get injuries.
“When I list off my injuries it seems a lot, but over 15 years it is an average amount for an extreme sports athlete.”
Following her return from Russia, Jones revisited the Churchill dry slope where she first strapped a snowboard to her feet aged 17 to find out that they are booked out until late April.
And she also paid a visit to her former school, Hambrook Primary in South Gloucestershire, to meet some children who took great inspiration from her exploits in Sochi.
“They were an amazing group of children,” she said.
“I walked in and they were all sat there listening and concentrating to what I had to say, and they were genuinely interested as well.
“They asked so many questions about snowboarding and they had all learned a song all about the school and snowboarding, which they then sang to me.
“It wasn’t until then that I knew what people meant about inspiring children.
“You don’t think that you’re affecting that many people but they all seemed genuinely excited and were constantly asking me questions about whether they would be able to do snowboarding.
“That’s the Olympic legacy in front of my eyes.”
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