Snow joke: Britain wins a medal at last

Sun Feb 9, 2014 7:12am EST
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By Philip O'Connor

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Snowboarder Jenny Jones secured Britain's first-ever Olympic medal on snow on Sunday when the 33-year-old took bronze in a nerve-shredding slopestyle final.

"It's ridiculous! That's me! That's me! From Bristol!," a jubilant Jones told reporters when informed of her feat.

American Jamie Anderson took gold with a mighty 95.25 with Finland's Enni Rukajarvi was second on 92.50 but nobody else was able to dislodge Jones from her podium spot.

The British bronze medal winner's snowboarding odyssey has taken her from an inauspicious start on a dry slope in Churchill to an Olympic podium finish.

"I started snowboarding when I was about 16, 17, at Churchill Dry Slope. I had my first half-hour lesson with my brothers," she told a news conference.

"I didn't learn much but I enjoyed it. I decided to go and work as a chalet maid so that I could snowboard more often."

The start of her career was a lonely time, with few British team mates on the circuit.

"When I first started, there wasn't a lot of us so I would travel a lot with other nationalities and hang out with other girls from other parts of Europe, but gradually there's been an increase in British riders."   Continued...

Third placed Britain's Jenny Jones gestures during flower ceremony after competing in the women's snowboard slopestyle finals event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Rosa Khutor, February 9, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez