Downend’s Jenny Jones becomes first Brit to win an Olympic medal on snow

jenny jonesSnowboarder Jenny Jones, who was brought up in Downend, has today made history by becoming the first Briton ever to win an Olympic medal for a snow event.

She took bronze in Slopestyle at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. In the first time the event has been held at the Games, the 33-year-old former student of The Ridings at Winterbourne and Filton College took third place.

The Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson has suggested throwing a special homecoming event for the bronze medallist. And Cllr Ian Boulton, the chairman of South Gloucestershire Council also sent her good wishes, tweeting: “Congratulations to Downend girl @jennyjonessnow from all of us in South Glos.”

Jenny, who now lives in Backwell, has won many big air and slopestyle competitions including three X-Games gold medals in a row between 2009 and 2010.