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Here’s an excellent article written for Whitelines.com by Ed Leigh, all about how Jenny Jones has won, YET ANOTHER XGames slopestyle GOLD! yay!!!

I love the comment about the ‘three-peat’ hehe, if you were listening to the commentators at the US XGames, you’d know exactly what he means! hehehe


X-Games Day Three – Jenny Jones Wins Gold No. 3!

Words & Photos by Ed

IMG 4485 X Games Day Three – Jenny Jones Wins Gold No. 3!

In football they say the first premier league trophy is the hardest to win (and as a long suffering Liverpool fan I can vouch for that!). Once you’ve proven to yourself that you can do it and have the heart – as well as the skills – to win, the titles will follow.

That’s the theory anyway, and it’s one that seems to be coming true for the UK’s Jenny Jones. Today she threw down when it counted – yet again – to add the inaugural European X-Games slopestyle gold medal to add to her previous two X-Games victories in 2009 and February this year. Funny to think that just a month or two ago the American TV commentators were questioning her first win since a couple of big names had been missing from the field. Not any more. I believe they call this a ‘THREE-PEAT’, bitches!

In qualification the women had really struggled to overcome a lack of speed and unpredictable gusts of wind on the gnarly seven-hit course. By today, however, both the set-up and the weather had improved dramatically meaning the girls were able to showcase their full bags of tricks.

Kjersti boosts a stylish frontside melonKjersti boosts a stylish frontside melon

IMG 4436 X Games Day Three – Jenny Jones Wins Gold No. 3!

Jenny’s winning run included a front 5, cab 5 and a perfectly grabbed front 7 on the last booter. She was followed by the ever stylee Norwegian Kjersti Buaas and Switzerland’s Sina Candrien – who attempted a gutsy 900 on the last hit. Cue many a group hug, high fives and general smiles, not just from the riders but from the spectators too. Jenny is always a popular winner thanks to a super friendly attitude and endearing modesty that borders on the ridiculous (the first thing she said to me was, “Did I definitely deserve to beat Sina’s run?”); here in Tignes, she was enjoying more support from ever from a big British contingent in the crowd.

“It was nice to show [the world] that a British girl can ride without looking too retarded!” she explained in the press conference afterwards, to much laughter from the assembled journos (when the MC translated her comments into a politically-correct French version, Jenny said, “Did you translate retarded?!” Classic.).

Jenny lookin solid as everJenny lookin solid as ever

Jenny would be the first to point out the lack of grab on this one  but who cares - can you spin sevens?Jenny would be the first to point out the lack of grab on this one but who cares – can you spin sevens?

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Perfect frontside 720 - WITH grab - to finish.Perfect frontside 720 – WITH grab – to finish.

Since Tignes is where Jones’ snowboarding career began as a precocious seasonaire back in 1998, the victory here at the bottom of the familiar Lanches run was extra special. We caught up with her in the melee for a brief interview. Check it out here.

Results – Women’s Slopestyle

1. Jenny Jones GBR 92.33
2. Kjersti Oestgaard Buaas NOR 86.66
3. Sina Candrian SUI 83.00
3. Spencer O’Brien CAN 80.66
4. Silje Norendal NOR 63.33
5. Charlotte van Gils NED 48.33

IMG 4489 333x500 X Games Day Three – Jenny Jones Wins Gold No. 3!

Entertaining the press by not riding like a retard.Entertaining the press by not riding like a retard.


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We packed Our Camp comrades Jenny Jones and Aimee Fuller into a very small Clio and sent them on their way to the Euro XGames, with whispers of 7 jumps, step downs and step-ups flying around facebook and some excited/nervous butterflies they set off on the 3 and a half hour journey from Morzine to Tignes.

I’ve been reading all about the gossip on the ESPN site, it’s a good update to keep you up to speed with what’s happening, it sounds like Jenn has had an horrific scorpion crash, I’ve written to see if she’s ok, I’ll write here when I know.

Here’s what Mondays update said-

The sun broke in a cloudless sky over Tignes this morning, which did nothing for the still-ridiculously-colder-than-normal temperatures: hovering around zero until mid-day, when it crawled into the high teens. But the relative cold didn’t have much effect on the riders, who poured out for their first day of practice on both the slopestyle course and the pipe.

Dave LehlJenny Jones took a spill, but she’s okay.

The skiers had first crack at things and quickly discovered what the course builders at Snow Park Technologies already know: the jumps are a little rampy on takeoff and probably need more kick. As SPT’s Tyrone Coyne pointed out, “It’s a lot easier to add kick than take it off.” For the most part, the skiers kept things mellow, as there wasn’t a ton of air to be had. “We’ll be here till 2 a.m.,” admitted Coyne.

Work was already underfoot when the snowboarders came out for slope practice, which led to a lot of inspection runs for the first 45 minutes or so. Once things were hittable, there appeared to be a lot more women than men having at it.

Defending Winter X slopestyle champion Jenny Jones had at it a bit harder than most, sketching her landing on the sixth feature — a 58-foot step-down gap jump — and scorpioned end-over-end to a stop. She was shaken up after the crash, electing to take a snowmobile ride back to the base. “She’ll be okay,” said Silvia Mittermuller. “Jenny’s the toughest girl I know. She’s made of steel.”

Dave LehlSarka Pancochova shows off.

For her part, Mitmeuller is gearing up for her first event of the season. She’s five-and-a-half months out of knee surgery and just began hitting “tourist jumps” five days ago. She’s still a “maybe,” having hit only half the course so far. “If I can put together a whole run, I will compete. But I’m just so stoked to be back!”

Sammy Carlson arrived in town as ski slopestyle practice was going on and showed up on course halfway through the snowboard session. He wasted no time, lapping the course at twice the speed of the snowboarders, and was crawling onto a snowmobile for an eighth run even after the course was technically closed for the day. His enthusiasm may have as much to do with providing a distraction as preparing for the event, though. Like several skiers here in Tignes, Carlson came after attending the memorial for C.R. Johnson in Squaw Valley. “It’s been a tough week,” he said.

Dave LehlPeter Olenick boosting out of the Tignes SuperPipe.

“Sunny day up at Tignes,” Louie Vito tweeted to his adoring fans, “Pipe is fun, but so relaxed here. Trying to get motivated.” Plenty of snowboarders were feeling Vito, and most of them were done with pipe practice long before it ended. In the last half hour, Sarka Pancochova more or less owned the thing, boosting big straight airs and smooth spins and doing laps with Guillaume Morisset, who’s here to judge.

Things came up a notch after the sun went down and the ski SuperPipe heavies all turned out. You know you’re in France when Xavier Bertoni and Kevin Rolland arrive with an entourage that dwarfed Simon Dumont‘s. But, as usual, Dumont dwarfed most everyone else, throwing down something close to his comp run, minus the double, and boosting huge. Other skiers getting into French airspace were Justin Dorey, Tucker Perkins, and Winter X High Air champ Peter Olenick.

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