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Salisbury Journal: Jenny Jones says 'I'm just going to let myself enjoy this moment for a little bit and I'll keep snowboarding' Jenny Jones says 'I'm just going to let myself enjoy this moment for a little bit and I'll keep snowboarding'

Jenny Jones has no plans to walk away from professional snowboarding, but will take some time off following her historic Olympic bronze on Sunday.

Jones earned Britain's first ever podium finish in a snow sport after taking third place in the slopestyle event, which was making its debut at a Games in Sochi.

Her success over the weekend as well as three Winter X Games gold medals mark her out as one of the greatest female snowboarders of all time.

At 33, she was the oldest competitor in the final by over six years, yet she believes she has much left to offer.

"I guess I'm just going to let myself enjoy this moment for a little bit and I'll keep snowboarding," she said.

"I definitely have a few more years left in me.

"In between that, I'd love to go surfing for a bit and have a small time out of it."

In fact Jones believes her age was a positive aspect as she saved her best for last, with her final run her highest score of the week.

"I definitely think experience played a part and I think things just went my way, which I'm so pleased about," she said on BBC Breakfast.

A clean run in the final saw her go to the top of the leaderboard with a score of 87.25 before she was overhauled by first Finland's Enni Rukajarvi (92.50), who took silver, and then American gold medallist Jamie Anderson (95.25).

Isabel Derungs and medal contender Anna Gasser both stumbled in their final runs to hand a delighted Jones bronze at her first Olympics.

The Bristol-born Jones is now backing her British team-mates to follow her lead.

Sheffield duo James Woods and Katie Summerhayes are strong prospects for a podium place in the ski slopestyle, and Jones is relishing the opportunity to cheer them on.

"I really hope getting the bronze medal has pumped a few people up," she said.

"I definitely know that the freestyle skier girls who I spoke to were very pleased to see me on the podium, they were all smiles and screams, which was really nice.

"In the next few days, I'll be able to go and support those guys in what is the equivalent - slopestyle for the skiers, that'll be really exciting.

"I hope for those guys, (it is) game on now."

Having missed out on automatic qualification for the final on Thursday, Jones took encouragement from the performances of Jamie Nicholls and Billy Morgan, who both finished in the top 10 of the men's final on Saturday.

"I thought it was brilliant and I really enjoyed watching them compete and seeing them having so much fun," she said.

"It just hit home (and I thought) 'come on Jenny you like doing this, it's just one day. It's going to come and it's going to go, and you need to just enjoy the fact you're in the semi-final of the Olympics'.

"That definitely helped: seeing the lads."

While she admitted feeling nervous, Jones progressed into the showpiece event with two solid runs earlier in Sunday's semi-final, finishing third - with the top four qualifying.

"It was definitely nerve-wracking. I think I was more nervous in the semi-finals because it meant a lot to me to actually get into the finals," she added on BBC Breakfast.

After holding her nerve in the final, Jones was delighted to do her bit for Britain but refused to rank her Olympic bronze over her Winter X Games successes.

"I'm proud of both medals," she said.

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