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Winter Olympic snowboard medallist Jenny Jones loves surfing in North Devon

By NDJAndrew  |  Posted: February 09, 2014

Winter Olympic snowboard medallist Jenny Jones loves surfing in North Devon
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The winner of Great Britain's first Winter Olympic medal on snow may have looked familiar to surfers in North Devon.

When she is not snowboarding, Jenny Jones, who won slopestyle bronze in Sochi this morning, likes nothing more than swapping the icy slopes for the North Devon swell.

Jones, a 33-year-old from Bristol, is a keen surfer and when asked by The Independent to name her favourite place in the UK said: "The Woolacombe-Croyde area of North Devon. I love surfing and it isn't super-developed there like Newquay. Putsborough is a really great place for waves.

"In an interview with Yodel Magazine, Jones said that if she had not become a professional snowboarder, she would have liked to have become a pro surfer.

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"If I could have surfed from a young age then for sure I would have liked to be a pro surfer," she said. "I enjoy the sport so much."

Jones was leading after her second run in Sochi today but had to watch 10 rivals try to beat her score.

In the end, only two could – gold medallist Jamie Anderson, from the USA, and Finland's Enni Rukajarvi.

Jones's bronze medal was secure when Austrian Anna Gasser fell on the final run.

Jones told the BBC: "It feels amazing. I cannot believe it, I just can't believe it. I knew I was going to drop but I didn't know how far. I am just so happy.

"It was so difficult waiting. I thought I did my best run and landed it as best as I could. with the course the way it was, I did my best run."

After her medal ceremony this afternoon, Jones said: "I've got a few years left in me snowboarding but I'm looking forward to a break and going surfing."

Have you met Jenny Jones in the lineup? Let us know by emailing sportsdesk@northdevonjournal.co.uk

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