Get to Know: Jade Jones

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Last Modified 28 May 2021 First Added 14 April 2021

What’s your earliest sporting memory?

Cross country at school. The teacher put me in it for some reason and I remember winning and feeling really proud of myself. I must have been 11 or 12.

 

Who’s your sporting hero?

Kelly Holmes. She’s come through so much adversity and injury and even though she didn’t win the Olympics (she won bronze at Sydney 2000), I admired the way she kept going and won it at a later date.

 

Any advice to the younger you?

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

 

If you weren’t a Taekwondo fighter what would you be?

Something to do with sport, probably a P.E. teacher.

 

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone following in your footsteps?

Just enjoy it.

 

When did you first believe you could be an Olympian?

When I won the Youth Olympics in 2010. I remember standing on the podium and thinking I want to do this in the proper Olympics. That was when I really believed I actually could do it.

 

What is your go-to breakfast?

Either fruit, yoghurt and granola. Or eggs, avocado and smoked salmon on sourdough.

 

What would your death row meal be?

Sunday roast. Do I get a pudding as well? Pudding would be brownies and ice cream.

 

Favourite midnight snack?

Any kind of chocolate.

 

What would your super-power be?

To fly – it would be cool to fly.

 

What’s top of your bucket list?

I want to go to Africa and do a safari.

 

Greatest disappointment?

Not winning the world championships until 2019.

 

 

How do you relax?

Going for spas, afternoon tea and massages, I absolutely love getting pampered.

 

Do you have a pet?

Yes, a little Pomeranian dog called Christo – I got him after the Rio Olympics and he’s named after the statue there – apparently, they all call the statue Christo.

 

Do you have any superstitions?

I used to be absolutely terrible. For the London Olympics I kept going into the same toilet before I had a fight and then winning, but for the final there was someone in that toilet and they were calling me – it was the last call and I risked getting disqualified. So, I had a word with myself and went to a different toilet and since then I’ve realised it’s a load of rubbish.

 

Your guilty pleasure?

A night out with my friends – to have a drink, let my hair down and just have a laugh.

 

What’s your proudest moment?

It would have to be the London Olympics. Just being 19 and no-one really believing I could win except for me and my family.

 

What’s your most embarrassing moment?

No, sorry! Can’t really think of anything!

 

Hear more about Jade and her sleeping habits here