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As UK’s most globally successful professional snowboarder, keynote speaker Jenny Jones is a female protégé in the world of winter sports. Her inspiring story of fulfilling her dream with a carrier in professional snowboarding can motivate attendees to follow their dreams and achieve goals that might seem unreachable. Her bubbly personality and inspirational story would be an ideal setting for an entertaining keynote.
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Jenny Jones made history at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, winning Great Britain’s first ever medal in a snow event. Taking home a bronze in the women’s slopestyle category, Jenny has become the UK’s most globally respected and successful professional snowboarder. Her win is all the more remarkable given the lack of natural snowboarding terrain in the UK. A poster girl for Sochi 2014, Jenny is firmly at the centre of a whirlwind success story.
Jenny first discovered her love of snowboarding at the age of 17, after having a free 30-minute lesson on a dry ski slope with her brothers in Somerset, close to her hometown of Downend, Bristol. She then went to the Italian Alps on a college trip and decided that she wanted to pursue the sport full time instead of going to University. After finishing her college exams, Jenny headed to France and funded her season by working as a chalet maid in Tignes, riding the slopes whenever she could.
After entering her first competition in 1999, Jenny set the snowboarding scene alight. After accidentally leaving a teabag in her bra one day, she completed her first back flip. She kept the leaves from the tea bag for a number of years as they continued to bring her good luck which was highly documented at the 2014 Winter Olympics along with the touching moment of congratulatory hugs with her mum and dad at the finish line – a surprise to Jenny as she was unaware they had travelled to Russia to cheer her on.
Previous to the 2014 Winter Olympics Jenny has entered and won a number of big air and slopestyle competitions – including four Winter X-Games, winning three gold medals in two consecutive years (2009 and 2010) in Aspen and Tignes.
Jenny is known for pulling off super technical spins over the biggest of jumps, combining exceptional natural balance with a strong-will to succeed. But while she is feared as a competitor, Jenny is known for her humble attitude and bubbly sense of humour, making her one of the most loved characters on the women’s snowboard circuit.
Outside of the day job, Jenny spends as much time as she can with her family and friends in Bristol, and can often be found surfing the not-so-secret spots of England’s South West coast.
Focuses on her journey to Olympics, motivation and overcoming injury.
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