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olympian jennifer jones on inspiring women


As if being a lawyer, motivational speaker and Olympic gold medallist isn’t enough, Jennifer Jones is now taking on her next challenge: Fuelling Women Champions, a campaign created by the Dairy Farmers of Canada, which seeks to shine a spotlight on women in sports. As skip for Canada’s Olympic curling team, this superwoman shows no sign of slowing down; proving female athletes are a force to be reckoned with. Glow caught up with Jones to get her take on staying active, living healthy and chasing your dreams (along with a few of her beauty secrets).
On winning gold
It’s like dreaming of something forever; you put it on this pedestal and you think it’s going to be a certain way and then it’s a million times more than that. The Olympic rings were on the ice and I got to slide over them every day, and every day I thanked everybody for that opportunity. Then came the gold medal game. I knew when I threw my last shot that we had won, even before it made contact. There were 10 seconds of silence, when Kaitlyn [Lawes] and I were the only two people in the world that knew what was going to happen, and I’ll never forget. It felt like an eternity, and I thought of my mom, my daughter and all the people that helped me along the way to this great moment, this moment that was more than I could ever have dreamed.
Her fave workouts
I love to go biking outside; I love the fresh air and the outdoors. And to be honest, we do a lot of lunges in curling, so anything to do with a lunge just brings me back to the ice. I really just enjoy going to the gym and being active—for me I always like to see where I was at the beginning and where my goal is, and I try to get there. Taking small steps and celebrating those small steps of achievement has really worked well for me because it always seems like it’s a big mountain that you’re trying to climb and celebrating the steps along the way has always been beneficial to me.
Eating Healthy
I’ve worked with a nutritionist for a long time, and now it has just become a part of my life. I don’t think I’ll ever change what I eat, because it makes me feel so much healthier. What I eat changes between a pre-game meal and what I want to do for recovery. Milk has always been my recovery drink. But it’s not about nutrition for sports as much for me any more; it’s nutrition for lifestyle.
On-ice beauty routine
I live in a very dry climate, so I’m all about moisturizing. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. During the playoffs, I always wear gold eyeshadow for luck. But honestly, it’s just about getting rest. You want to be well rested, you want to be healthy, and you want to feel good about yourself. For me, that always comes from within.
Game-time updo
I get a headache if I wear a ponytail, so I put my hair up with bobby pins and I use hairspray. I used to actually have a barrette, but somebody stepped on it. It was my lucky barrette and I was devastated, and to this day I have not been able to find one that will hold my hair.
Her role models
For me it’s my mom. My mom is the most amazing woman. She taught me to enjoy every moment; to never let a moment pass me by and to never let anybody tell me I couldn’t do something. I also used to look up to male athletes because there weren’t enough female role models. That’s why this initiative is incredible.
Fuelling champions
When you have female role models it shows that it’s realistic, that you can actually achieve [your goals]. We’re women of all different ages, of all different backgrounds, and I look at myself, a mom of a young daughter, and I want her to have everything that life has to offer. I want her to be able to look up to females who have achieved great things. This initiative enables that, but it also creates a better awareness for sports in society, whether it’s females [or] males playing. We want our society to support a healthy, active lifestyle—that’s what sports does, that’s what teamwork does and that’s what this initiative can do. I can’t say enough about what Dairy Farmers of Canada has done, because it really is taking that first step to create a change in society.
Women & sports
What can they gain: Better self-awareness and higher self-esteem. When you’re working in a team environment or you’re working to achieve something, it creates a belief in yourself that you can achieve anything. And sports also nurture the ability to overcome adversity. Not everything is always going to go smoothly in life, especially in sports, and you have to have the ability to conquer it or move past it. That’s what sports did for me.
Chasing dreams
Never let anybody tell you [that] you can’t. So many people along the way told me that I couldn’t do it. Especially when I wanted to be a lawyer and pursue my dreams, people said [I] couldn’t do it. But if you find people in your life that believe in you and support you, you can do anything. As long as you have the mindset to enjoy the moment, to never let a moment pass you by and to never let anybody knock you down, life will be amazing and you’ll have so many laughs and smiles and joy along the way.
Rebecca Brown

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