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Date of Birth:
October 5, 1984
City/State of Birth:
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Olympics and Events Attended:
2002 Olympics, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - Ski Jumping
2006 Olympics, Torino, Italy - Nordic Jumping
Jones was born in Monroe, Wisconsin, but moved to Steamboat at the age of one. He started with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club as an Alpine racer. Jones followed the same path of his older brother Rob racing and jumping and then switching to jumping full time when he was five. Jones jumped the K-65 (50 meter) when he was six and moved to the K-90 at seven, and the Big Hill (K-114) at ten.
In 1999 at the Junior Olympics in Anchorage, Alaska he won five gold medals. Jones made his first trip to Europe when he was 13 and was named to the US Ski Team when he was 15. That same year he won the US Nationals on the K-114 to become the youngest National Champion ever in an Alpine and Nordic Championship. Jones competed in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was the youngest male competitor at the Olympics. In 2003 while competing in Planica, Slovenia at the ski-flying event on the K-185 jump, he became only the 2nd American to jump 200 meters. In 2003 he finished 2nd overall in the summer Grand Prix series, which is the summer World Cup series. Jones has been on the World Cup Circuit for 5 years, competing in 2 world championships and 1 Olympic Game and will compete in the Torino Olympics in 2006.