Fiji Time: 5:21 AM on Friday 30 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Jones creates history

Afp
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia - Veteran snowboarder Jenny Jones made history yesterday by winning Britain's first ever Winter Olympics medal on the snow — and said she was struggling to come to terms with the enormity of her achievement.

Jones, 33, claimed bronze in the inaugural women's slopestyle competition after a second run score of 87.25, behind Jamie Anderson (95.25) of US in the gold medal position and Finland's Enni Rukajarvi (92.50).

The competitor from Bristol made a name for herself earlier in the week by revealing she used to keep a teabag in her bra as a good luck charm.

Although that has long since been abandoned, her luck, seemingly, did not run out.

"I'm just very pleased and so, so surprised right now, still, at what just happened," she said.

"I can't believe that I made it onto the podium."

Jones revealed she only took up snowboarding at around 16 or 17 years of age when she had a half-hour lesson with her brothers on a dry ski slope near her home.

She said she was far from a natural but loved the sport straight away.

"I couldn't even do a toe-edge turn," she said.

"I really enjoyed it and decided to go and work as chalet maid so I could snowboard more often."

It was while doing so in France that she became attached to a teabag.

"I was working as a chalet maid and it was very rare to get teabags out in the mountains — this was quite a long time ago — so when people brought out British teabags I managed to get one of those teabags and kept it secure in my undies," explained Jones earlier this week.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Who let our boy go swimming
  2. Fake tabua inquiry
  3. Woman found
  4. 14 years for rapist
  5. Senior executive found dead, police treat case as murder
  6. 7s team change
  7. Drysdale honours appointment
  8. Fiji FA mourns loss of U17 rep
  9. $50.5m tax debt
  10. Entities fail to pay State dividends

Top Stories this Week

  1. Opposition challenges PM to walk the talk Friday (23 Jan)
  2. PM's apology to Fiji Saturday (24 Jan)
  3. Who let our boy go swimming Thursday (29 Jan)
  4. Old market to turn into live fish shop Tuesday (27 Jan)
  5. FRCA terminates officers Tuesday (27 Jan)
  6. Things you didn't know about Kuridrani Monday (26 Jan)
  7. Fake tabua inquiry Thursday (29 Jan)
  8. Tragic end to tour Wednesday (28 Jan)
  9. Man charged for assaulting daughter Monday (26 Jan)
  10. New-look bus station plans Tuesday (27 Jan)