Well what can you say about that – other than FAN BLOODY TASTIC! After both Jamie Nicholls and Billy Morgan did us proud in the men’s snowboard slopestyle event yesterday (both finishing top 10), the ever bubbly Jenny Jones stepped up, delivered and brought home the bacon – well, bronze medal at least.
Jenny Jones wins bronze – pic BBC
Featuring fabulous commentary from the BBC’s Ed Leigh, Tim Warwood and Aimee Fuller, the on screen action was nail biting stuff – in both comps – and kept a nation glued to screens.
Billy and Jamie were both unlucky to have not snagged podium finishes, but their performances were no less awesome, the duo showing just how far UK snowboarding has progressed. Our riders are easily up there with the rest of the world.
And then Jenny… After an agonising wait, while the judges deliberated and debated her second run (seriously, how long does it take?) she was awarded the top spot. There was then further suspense while the remaining riders did their thing.
At the end of it Jenny was bumped down to the third position but it didn’t matter – UK snowboarding is now officially on the wider map and the 30 year old from Bristol smashed it.
Commentators crying, emotions brimming over (Jenny’s parents flew secretly out to Sochi to share in their daughter’s success) and celebrations all round the Team GB camp, followed on in the moments after Jenny’s bronze medal confirmation. Those watching back home couldn’t have failed to be choked up as Jenny’s achievement sunk in.
Jenny and the rest of Team GB’s snowboarding performance, as Ed Leigh mentioned, is absolutely phenomenal for the sport for many reasons, not least the ever controversial topic of funding. Hopefully, after this success in Sochi, the topic will be addressed and snowboarding in Britain and the UK can go from strength to strength.
For now though, it’s another massive congratulations to Jenny Jones – you deserve it. Let the party begin!