It was the highlight of our weekend… and on Sunday morning, we whooped from our sofas as Jenny Jones took bronze in the slopestyle event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Here are five reasons why Jenny is such an inspiration…
1. She’s a record –breaker
They’ve been going for 90 years. Yet Jenny is the first British woman to EVER win a medal at the Winter Olympics. Not that she let it go to her head. When she heard she’d got bronze, Jenny said, ‘It’s ridiculous. That’s me. From Bristol.’
2. Her friend’s love her
One of our favourite bits from Jenny’s medal-winning performance was the sound of her friend – fellow boarder Aimee Fuller – going into meltdown in the commentary box. If you can’t cry live on air when your friend gets bronze, when can you?
3. She’s had crap jobs, just like us
Jenny used to be a cardboard inspector. Which is an actual thing.
4. She’s proof age is irrelevant
At 33, Jenny was the oldest competitor in the slopestyle event by six years. She didn’t even set foot on a slope until she was 17, and worked as a chalet girl to get more snowboarding experience. She said, "I absolutely did not think I would ever be in this position back then, when I was a chalet maid. I was cooking breakfasts, cleaning toilets… It's still sinking in, the history part. Hopefully I'll be in a few pub quizzes now."
5. She’s an inspiration
Which doesn’t need any explanation at all.