Snowboarder Jenny Jones hopes her historic bronze medal can inspire her British Winter Olympics team-mates in Sochi.
Jones earned her country’s first podium position in a snow sport after her third-place finish in Sunday’s slopestyle final at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
Britain had also never won a medal before the fourth day of a Winter Olympics and Jones’ success less than 48 hours after the opening ceremony gives the nation plenty of hope for the rest of the Games.
Sheffield duo James Woods and Katie Summerhayes are strong medal prospects in the ski slopestyle, and Jones is looking forward to cheering her friends 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 24 hours earlier.
“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.”
She progressed into the showpiece event with two solid runs earlier in Sunday’s semi-final, finishing third - with the top four qualifying.
At 33, Jones was the oldest entrant in the final of the competition by more than six years, yet she showed all the experience she has gathered over the years with a phenomenal last run that gave her a podium spot in an event that is making its debut at this Olympics.
She topped the leaderboard after an excellent - but, more importantly, clean - run earned her a score of 87.25 and although she was overhauled by first Finland’s Enni Rukajarvi (92.50), who took silver, and then American gold medallist Jamie Anderson (95.25), she was delighted to do her bit for Britain.
“It’s still sinking in, the history part. Hopefully I’ll be in a few pub quizzes now,” she said.
Jones, who burst onto the scene as a teenager in 1999 by winning her first British Snowboard Championship, admits she did not think she would get this far.
“I’ve been snowboarding for over 10 years and I’ve had different goals throughout that. The first ones were the X Games and things and then it was only about two years ago that this opportunity came about.
“Since then it’s definitely been a rollercoaster in the last few years.”