Meet Miss Jones...Team GB's Olympic bronze medallist

09 February 2014 / 12:07

Have you met Miss Jones? She's the former chalet girl who ended a 90-year wait for a British Winter Olympic medal on snow.

Jenny Jones took bronze in the women's snowboarding slopestyle in Sochi, defying those who claimed, at 33, her time had probably passed.

Jones is a pioneer of her sport and a two-time X Games champion but many thought the discipline's inclusion at the Olympics came too late. They were wrong, even though she was the oldest in the final by more than six years.

She needed to come through the semi-finals to make the final 12 that decided the medals and then put down a second run that had her in the gold medal position for 15 minutes.

Over the course of the next 45 minutes she waited anxiously as others tried to dislodge her, dropping down to silver and then bronze before, finally, securing her podium place.

American Jamie Anderson took gold and Finland's Enni Rukajarvi claimed silver and Jones took the last step on the podium by just a quarter of a point, the slenderest of margins possible.

"I'm feel very proud to have won a bronze medal for my country, I can't believe it's our first on snow," she said.

"I never thought this would be a possibility because it was only three years ago that slopestyle was added to the Olympics and I'd never competed for my country.

"It feels amazing. I cannot believe it, I just can't believe it. Even when I was in the gold medal position I knew I was going to drop but I didn't know how far. I am just so happy that I stayed on the podium.

"It was so difficult waiting. I thought I did my best run and landed it as best as I could, thankfully it was enough.

"But it was a long waiting game. It feels just ridiculous right now. You sense the world is watching and you had to control that part of things and not let it get to you too much."

Jones spent several weeks sidelined before Christmas after picking up an injury and wasn't considered among the medal favourites here in Sochi, despite her impressive track record.

"I'm just amazed at the situation that I'm in, I feel so proud to get on the podium after all these years," she added.

"A few said 'is she past it?' but I did what I could and, thankfully, it got me on there.

"I gave myself a lot to do having to come through the semi-finals but I just tried to keep focussed and keep my game head on. Right now though my head is spinning."

From James Toney, Sportsbeat, in Sochi

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