Jones ends long wait for Olympic recognition

05 February 2014 / 14:21

Jenny Jones couldn't even watch the last Winter Olympics on TV, but as she prepares for a far more active role this time around she believes she won't burn out under the spotlight.

Despite enjoying a career spanning more than a decade, one that has seen her collect two Winter X Games titles as well as a silver, Jones has never tasted the Olympic atmosphere.

That's because the Bristol snowboarder's chosen discipline of slopestyle was overlooked for the Olympic programme, but all that changed in July 2011 following an IOC decision.

Ever since the 33-year-old has been determined to make it to the Sochi 2014 Games – underlining her podium potential when she finished second in a World Cup event in New Zealand back in August.

"I can remember vividly being in my hotel room trying desperately to watch Ben Kilner perform and for some reason I couldn't find it on my TV for whatever reason," said Jones, who will look to qualify a slot in this weekend's finals when the first action of the Games gets under way tomorrow.

"The only way I could get around it was to get a friend in Europe to Skype me and then I watched it on their television through my laptop.

"It was great to watch it that way but it is going to be so much better to actually be involved this time and I can't wait to get going.

"Growing up everything was geared towards the X Games because I saw that as the pinnacle of my sport, especially with slopestyle not being in the Olympics.

"But now that has all changed I can't wait to make my Olympic debut and I feel as though my experiences at the X Games will help me acclimatise and perform at the Games.

"I am not looking any further than the qualification round in Sochi, but I am confident that I won't get phased by it all having been around for a fair bit, albeit not at an Olympics."

Despite her World Cup silver showing everyone just what she could do at Sochi, disaster struck when Jones suffered a concussion during a training run four months later.

This forced her off the slopes for a month but Jones believes the time away could prove to be an advantage when the competition gets underway in Russia.

"Snowboarding is an extreme sport and you do get bumps and bruises," she added.

"That was evident with what happened to me with my training crash and concussion – anything can happen. With concussion it is obviously a waiting game and you have to wait to be given the all clear before you can go back riding."

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