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As the UK’s most globally successful professional snowboarder, Jenny Jones’ inspiring story of fulfilling her dream can motivate audiences to follow their dreams and achieve goals that might seem unreachable.
Jenny Jones is the UK’s most globally respected and successful female snowboarder. She made history at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, winning the UK’s first ever medal in the snow event. Taking home a bronze medal in the women’s slopestyle category, Jenny became a household name overnight.
Jenny first discovered her love of snowboarding at the age of 17 after having a thirty-minute lesson on a dry ski slope with her brothers in Somerset. She then went to the Italian Alps on a college trip and decided she wanted to pursue the sport full time instead of going to university. After finishing her exams, Jenny headed to France and funded her season by working as a chalet maid in Tignes, riding whenever she could. After entering her first competition in 1999, Jenny set the snowboarding scene alight – previous to the 2014 Winter Olympics, she 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.
On the slopes, Jenny is known for her technical spins over the biggest of jumps, combining exceptional natural balance with a strong will to succeed. Off the slopes, however, she is known for her humble attitude and bubbly sense of humour.
In 2014 Jenny was announced as the ambassador for Nissan Juke, for which she was filmed snowboarding down a personalised mountain in Verbier for their ‘Personalise Your Thrill’ campaign. Later the same year, she appeared on Sky 1’s ‘A League of Their Own’ – making such an impression that she appeared on the show again the following year. She was also the ambassador for Pentax cameras during 2014 and 2015.
2014 also saw Jenny join BBC Radio 5 Live’s presenting team, co-hosting ‘Extreme’ with Will Perry, in which they took a closer look at the adrenalin-fuelled world of extreme sports. Featuring interviews with some of the sports’ most famous characters, the series also covered the biggest events taking place in the UK and across the world, while giving listeners an insight into the life of an extreme sports star.
A year after her medal win, Jenny joined the team of experts on Channel 4’s winter sports show ‘The Jump’ alongside Graham Bell, Amy Williams and host Davina McCall.
Jenny is an experienced public speaker, and often shares anecdotes and motivational speeches at a variety of events.