Competing in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, American snowboarder Jessika Jenson competed in the first ever slopestyle event in the Olympics.
Only 22 years old, Jessika loves outdoor adventures, including wakeboarding, mountain biking, and riding dirt bikes. Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Jessika started competing when she was only 14 years old. First snowboarding at the age of 6, her familiarity with the slopes and style of snowboarding launched her young career. She appeared at every local event she could attend in Kelly Canyon and Grand Targhee.
As she appeared in local events, Jessika observed other competitors, learned how to perfect her snowboarding skills, and brought her own style and skills to the sport.
Qualifying for the Olympics
In 2014, Jessika qualified for the Olympic slopestyle snowboarding team, an event that debuted at the Sochi 2014 Olympics. Her signature move is a frontside 720. She initially qualified by finishing in third place in the two Olympic qualifying rounds.
During her second run in the Sochi 2014 Olympics, Jessika fell on the last jump. She was unable to qualify for the semifinals, but she still managed to end up in thirteenth place.
After her thirteenth place ranking in Sochi, Jessika continued to train and improve. She hopes to once again qualify for the Olympic Games in 2018, which will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea. Jessika continued to compete following the 2014 Olympics, and she reached an international ranking of eighth at the Burton U.S. Open. In the 2015 season, she earned third place in slopestyle, making it to her first World Cup podium.
Jessika Jenson is also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She attends the Garfield 1st Ward in the Rigby Idaho South Stake. When she’s not traveling around for snowboarding, she spends time with friends and family, and enjoys any outdoor activity.