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Briton Jones claims X Games gold

Jones celebrates winning gold in the slopestyle
Jones celebrates winning gold in the slopestyle

Snowboarder Jenny Jones has become the first British woman to win a gold medal at the prestigious X Games.

The 28-year-old from Bristol claimed victory in the slopestyle event in Aspen, Colorado.

Slopestyle is where riders head down a course which is mixed with rails, bumps and jumps and are judged on the difficulty and execution of the tricks.

Jones beat Canadian Spencer O'Brien after a daring manoeuvre late in her second run.

She said: "My first run was sketchy, my second run I cleaned it up, so it looked better and I felt happy with the run.

"It wasn't enough, as I was still in second by about three points. So I just had to go for it on the last run with the last jump, an 80ft frontside 720.

"I had not practised it all day and it was kind of hit and hope. I just made it round, landed and rode away with no hands down.

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"I was so pleased to win and suddenly the emotions went crazy and I had to try hard not to cry.

"It means so much to me to win an X Games medal and to win gold is the icing on the cake."

The men's slopestyle was won by American Shaun White, who now has eight Winter X golds to his name.

The X Games are held annually and are an invitation-only event for the world's top winter sport athletes and are as highly regarded as the Winter Olympics.

Jones is one of Britain's top snowboarders but has never featured in the Winter Olympics because her favoured event, the slopestyle, is not included.



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