Winter Olympics 2014: Jenny Jones refuses to rank her Olympic bronze medal above her three Winter X Games titles
Jones admits that her bronze medal in Sochi is 'a different experience' but refuses to prioritise one success over the other
Monday 10 February 2014
Jenny Jones has refused to rank her history-making Olympic bronze medal over her Winter X Games golds.
The 33-year-old earned Britain's first ever podium position in a snow sport event after finishing third in the final of the snowboard slopestyle, an event that was making its debut at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
The Winter X Games are traditionally seen as the pinnacle for snowboarders, with Jones a three-time gold medallist, although slopestyle's introduction in the Olympics may cause a re-think.
However, that is not something Jones wants to discuss.
"I'm proud of both medals," she said.
"(The Olympics are) definitely a different experience.
"In one sense it's still just a contest and you're snowboarding and doing your thing, but then I'm very aware it's a global thing that is very new and different.
"I've been snowboarding for over 10 years and I've had different goals throughout that.
"The first ones were the X Games and things and then it was only about two years ago that his opportunity came about.
"Since then it's definitely been a rollercoaster in the last few years."
Jones was the oldest entrant in the final of the competition by more than six years, yet she showed all the experience she has gathered over the years with a phenomenal last run that earned her a podium spot in an event that is making its debut at this Olympics.
She topped the leaderboard after an excellent - but, more importantly, clean - run earned her a score of 87.25.
Although she was overhauled by first Finland's Enni Rukajarvi (92.50), who took silver, and then American gold medallist Jamie Anderson (95.25), she was delighted to do her bit for Britain.
"It's still sinking in, the history part. Hopefully I'll be in a few pub quizzes now," she said.
Jones, who burst onto the scene as a teenager in 1999 by winning her first British Snowboarding Championship, admits she did not think she would get this far.
She had to fund herself at the start of her career and took a variety of jobs, including working as a chalet maid, and in a cardboard factory and a doughnut shop.
"I absolutely did not think I would ever be in this position back then, when I was a chalet maid," Jones said.
"I was cooking breakfasts, cleaning toilets. I was having a great time, I was snowboarding every day and that was amazing.
"But that was just about snowboarding in the beginning, it's just about snowboarding and enjoying your sport."
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