[Breck-bombing in 2013. Photo: Ed Blomfield]
The last time we polled the industry (riders, team managers, brand reps, photographers and the like) to find out who it regards as the Greatest British Snowboarder Of All Time, Jenny Jones took the #3 spot. Since then she’s managed another significant third-place finish, one that no doubt contributed to her climb to the top of this list. However, as Chris Moran writes, there’s more to our Jenny than a shiny Russian trinket…
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I’m having breakfast with Jenny Jones – three-time X Games winner, Olympic medallist, multiple British champion – in the 5-star Ki Niseko hotel at the bottom of the Japanese ski resort of the same name. There’s a man playing the piano in the background as people come into hotel, ridding themselves of excess snow (of which there is plenty) using a compressed air cannon at the threshold.
Along with some of Jenn’s long-term friends from the Dragon Lodge in Tignes, we’ve spent the last six days riding some of the most amazing powder available on God’s white earth. As Jenny leaves this afternoon to go and film with BBC’s Ski Sunday, it was decided that last night we’d see her off with sake, espresso martinis and Japanese whisky.
It is, I’m sure you’ll agree, the perfect time to drop the news that Jenny has won the Whitelines poll that asked the UK snowboarding industry to determine the Greatest British Snowboarder of All Time.
“How does it feel to have won?” I ask.
“It feels good,” she says, sipping on a herbal tea. “It feels good… to have won the poll.”
This is Jenny trying to be earnest. Trying to put her interview face on and give some quotable soundbites. Then she bursts out laughing. “This is going to be a short interview if I carry on like that, isn’t it?” She gathers herself. “Sorry, I’m really really hungover. You’re going to have to bear with me.”
This is gonna be fun.