Jones itching to make Olympic bow after concussion scare

28 January 2014 / 15:31
Jenny Jones insists it is all systems go for her Olympic debut after the snowboarder recovered from concussion and earned selection for Sochi 2014.
Despite enjoying a career spanning more than a decade, one that has seen her collect two gold medals and one silver at the Winter X Games, Jones has never tasted the Olympic atmosphere with her chosen discipline of slopestyle not previously on the programme.
But all that changed in July 2011, when the discipline received IOC recognition, and ever since the 33-year-old has been determined to make it to Sochi – underlining her podium potential when she finished second in a World Cup event in New Zealand back in August.
However disaster struck when Jones suffered a concussion during a training run in December, forcing her to take time off over the festive period.
The enforced time away from the slopes didn’t hamper Jones’ dream of making her Olympic bow however, as she was indeed named as part of Team GB’s 56-strong squad headed to Russia.
And in fact Jones believes the incident could help her when she takes to Sochi’s slopes feeling fully rejuvenated following a busy pre-Olympic season.
“Even though I was having a good season I never wanted to think that I would be on the plane to Sochi before it was all confirmed because snowboarding is an extreme sport and you do get bumps and bruises,” she said.
“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.
“It meant I was able to spend Christmas and New Year with my family which I really enjoyed and it was actually quite good because it meant I could take a rest.
“When I came back I was training for two weeks and I managed to compete in the Grand Prix in Breckenridge which went really well.
“That restored my confidence and since then I have been training in the States just raring to get going in Sochi.”
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