Chill Factore training

A few weeks ago the Wales Ski Team ventured up to Manchester for a weekend of technical and gate training at the Chill Factore snow dome. The centre is one of the newest indoor training facilities in the UK, and … Continue reading

Team GB’s Paralympians snowed under by medals in Sochi

Today will be remembered as the day Team GB secured their first ever Paralympic Gold medal. Its been a long time coming, but it was definitely worth the wait. Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans won the historic medal … Continue reading

Snowboarder Q&A: Giorgia Rescigno

Giorgia Jayne Rescigno is a half-Welsh, half-Italian snowboarder who hopes to represent Great Britain at the next Winter Olympics in South Korea. The 20-year-old, who competes in Snowboard Cross, recently finished 12th at the World University Games in Trentino, and … Continue reading

Team GB’s Sochi medal haul

Along with this blog I’ve also recently started writing for some online magazines in order to build up my portfolio. Here’s a link to an article that I recently wrote for Kettle Mag on Team GB’s success in Sochi. We … Continue reading

The Olympics so far!

Well well, haven’t the Winter Olympics been just what the doctor ordered? With the miserable weather here in the UK trying to dampen our spirits, we’ve been delivered a dose of sunshine with the winning of not one, but two … Continue reading

Ted Ligety: NY Times

Whether you’re a ski racer or not, stop what you’re doing and take the next couple of minutes to enjoy this rather innovative piece of  journalism from the New York Times on Ted Ligety’s skiing technique. The article can be … Continue reading

Jenny Jones secures GB’s first medal

Today we witnessed Jenny Jones make Olympic history by securing Great Britain’s first ever medal on snow, and the first of the Sochi Games.

Jenny Jones receives her bronze at the Sochi medal ceremony

Jenny Jones receives her bronze medal at the Sochi slopestyle ceremony

The 33-year-old from Bristol put down a solid second run in the snowboard slopestyle to achieve third place behind Jamie Anderson of the USA  and Enni Rukajarvi of Finland. With a score of 87.25, Jones sealed the third spot by just 0.25 points over Switzerland’s Sina Candrian in a final that was full of twists, turns and surprises.

Women's snowboard slopestyle podium: Enni Rukajarvi (Silver), Jamie Anderson (Gold) and Jenny Jones (Bronze)

Women’s snowboard slopestyle podium: Enni Rukajarvi (Silver), Jamie Anderson (Gold) and Jenny Jones (Bronze)

And the brilliant commentary from Ed Leigh, Tim Warwood and Aimee Fuller in the BBC commentary box left many of us around the UK in fits of excitement and floods of tears as Jones made Olympic and British history. She told BBC Sport afterwards, “I did the best run I could have done,”. Aimee Fuller unfortunately didn’t make the final after coming 9th in the semi-finals earlier in the day, but she was definitely a crowd-favourite after her front-flip off the last lip. However at only 22-years-old, Fuller is still young and so we’ll surely be seeing much more of her over the next fews years and the next Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Jones technically becomes the first Britain to win an Olympic medal on snow after Alain Baxter had his bronze in the Men’s Slalom taken away from him at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City due to the use of a Vicks’ inhaler that was on the list of banned substances. Much controversy still surrounds this event, and one must still question how the ‘substance’ could have influenced his performance in any way.  The event still strikes a nerve with many of us!

But this is not to take away from any of Jenny Jones’ fantastic success. She has been a role model in British snowboarding  for some time now, and has hopefully inspired a brand new generation of youngsters to pick up a snowboard and give it a go. Congratulations Jenny!

Tune into BBC Two again tomorrow to catch the Women’s Super Combined event from the Rosa Khutor alpine resort.