Jenny Jones is a professional snowboarder who made history at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, winning Great Britain’s first EVER medal in a snow event.
Taking home a bronze medal in the women’s slopestyle category, Jenny has become the UK’s most globally respected and successful professional snowboarder. Her win is all the more remarkable given the lack of natural snowboarding terrain in the UK.
Jenny Jones first discovered her love of snowboarding aged 17, after having a free 30-minute lesson on a dry ski slope just outside of her home city Bristol. She then went to the Italian Alps on a college trip and decided that she wanted to pursue the sport full-time instead of going to University. After finishing her college exams, Jenny headed to France and funded her season by working as a chalet maid in Tignes, boarding whenever she could.
Jenny entering her first competition in 1999 sand set the snowboarding scene alight. After accidentally leaving a teabag in her bra one day, she completed her first back-flip. She kept the leaves from the tea bag for a number of years as they continued to bring her good luck which was highly documented at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Previous to the 2014 Winter Olympics Jenny has entered and won a number of big air and slopestyle competitions – including four Winter X-Games, winning three gold medals in two consecutive years (2009 and 2010) in Aspen and Tignes.
Jones is known for pulling off super technical spins over the biggest of jumps, combining exceptional natural balance with a strong-will to succeed. But while she is feared as a competitor, Jenny is known for her humble attitude and bubbly sense of humour, making her hands down one of the most loved characters on the women’s snowboard circuit.
Outside of the day job, Jenny spends as much time as she can with her family and friends in Bristol, and can often be found surfing the not-so-secret spots of England’s South West coast.
Jenny Jones is available for Q&A sessions and motivational speeches.