So the girl wonder has done it again. Gold at the first ever European X-Games in Tignes, the resort where it all began for Jenny back in 1998. Could UK snowboarding have a better ambassador? Here’s what she had to say in the wake of another stunning performance:
Were you nervous today?
I think I was more nervous in the qualifications the other day because it was such bad conditions, we pretty much had to straight air every jump which was slightly embarrassing, but that was the only way we [the girls] could get through the course. So when it came to the finals I thought, ‘Well, I’m in the finals, that’s better than nothing.’ All I could do was try to land my run, that’s all I was thinking about. If you think about anything else you’ll get girly legs and fall over.
So what’s next?
Go out tonight, for sure! (laughs) Then I’ve got the US Open coming up, and the Chicken Jam in Mammoth, California. After that it mellows out a bit. I’ve had a pretty successful season so far but I’m really looking forward to spending time with my friends.
Was the first X-Games win the toughest? Do they get easier?
That was harder, I felt. I didn’t wanna let people down. I also felt like, cos it’s the first European one, there was a lot more Brits around to see you riding for the first time. So I guess the pressure – and the nerves – doesn’t get any less.
Strategy wise though, do you know what it takes to win gold now?
I think it’s still a case of landing bolts on your board and keeping your style. I think I struggle on my first runs especially to get the nerves out. I go all stiff and robotic and I lose my style, and it’s embarrassing! (laughs) So I think that’s my thing – just get over that.
Well you did us proud – again! High five!