Jones in dark on slopestyle

Tue, 26 Oct 11:02:00 2010

British snowboarder Jenny Jones admits she is still in the dark about the inclusion of slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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Jones is one of the world's leading competitors at the discipline, in which riders head down a course which includes rails, kickers and jumps.

She is already a double X-Games gold medallist, while British teenager Jamie Nicholls is a regular top-10 finisher in world-class competitions.

The International Ski Federation hope the IOC will give them the green light to stage a raft of new disciplines in Sochi, including women's ski-jumping and an alpine skiing team event.

After the successful introduction of snowboard and ski cross, they also believe slopestyle, which will appear in the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012, will appeal to the younger television audience craved by IOC officials.

The IOC will discuss recommendations for the Sochi programme at their executive board meeting in Acapulco this week, although a timeframe on the addition of new disciplines has not been finalised.

"I'm trying not to think about it because I've heard about other sports maybe getting in and then at the last minute they get pulled out, so I guess I haven't let my mind wonder too much about the prospects of being an Olympian," Jones said.

"It is still potentially three years away though, so it's a while. I don't know where my standard of riding will be at in that amount of time. I'd like to think that I was still riding well but who knows?

"When I first started snowboarding it wasn't an aim of mine to go to the Olympics because snowboarding wasn't in the Olympics. 

"There were aims like the X Games, things like that which in my mind were the pinnacle of snowboarding and competing, so I've always aimed at those things. 

"In the past two years I've achieved many of my career goals but if slopestyle got into the Olympics I would definitely re-assess my targets."

Meanwhile, former gymnast Jones, 30, insists her ambitions for this year are winning a third straight X-Games title in Aspen, in addition to getting in the medal mix at the showpiece European and US Open events. 

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