Jones predicts bright future for GB's freestyle athletes

17 October 2014 / 14:52

The first Briton to win a Winter Olympic medal on snow, Sochi 2014 slopestyle bronze medallist Jenny Jones believes it will not be long until others are climbing the podium.

Jones wrote her name into the record books last February when she finished third on the medal rostrum after a dramatic slopestyle final in Russia.

It was the first time the discipline, which sees skiers or riders tackle a course of rails, kickers and jumps, had featured at an Olympic Games with ski slopestyle and snowboard parallel special slalom also making it’s debut.

And with interest in the sport on the rise back home as well as increased funding up to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang Jones, who is not ruling out another Winter Games, believes the potential is there for more success.

“We have such strength in depth that I believe we have the talent to challenge for medals in Pyeongchang in 2018 and beyond," she told BBC Sport.

"Katie Ormerod, who just missed out on qualifying for Sochi, over the summer became the first woman to do a trick called a double cork 1080 and Rowan Coultas and Matt McCormick are names to look out for.

"When you add in all the youngsters who have been inspired to try it at ski centres all over the country because of what they saw in Sochi, the future looks very bright. I've been blown away by how engrossed people have got with the sport."

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