A great choice for a Q & A session, Jade Jones MBE is a double Olympic Gold medallist after winning in the Rio Olympics 2016 for the second time. At London 2012 Olympic games Jade was Team GB’s youngest Olympic Gold medallist and is Britain’s first and sole Olympic taekwondo champion.
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Born in North Wales in 1993, Jade Jones was introduced to taekwando by her Grandfather as a means on self-defence when she was just 8 years old. Falling in love with the sport, Jade proved to be a rare and natural talent. By the time she left school at 16 to take up taekwondo full time, she was ranked the UK’s number 1 junior athlete and other accolades were quick to follow. Fighting in the -55kg division, Jade turned professional in 2010 and in the same year produced a remarkable performance in her first international competition. Competing for Great Britain at the Youth Olympics in Singapore, Jade claimed a major victory with Team GB’s first ever taekwondo Gold medal; an achievement that saw her named BBC Wales Junior Sportswoman of the Year. Over the next few years, a steady stream of international Silver and Bronze medals followed as she began to establish herself not only as GB’s elite taekwondo fighter, but as one of the best in the world.
In 2011, fighting in the -57kg category and aged just 18, Jade won a silver medal at the World Championships in South Korea, narrowly missing out on the Gold medal in a sudden death decider against her Chinese opponent, Hou Yuzhuo. The following year, Jade vowed that being beaten by Yuzhuo “wasn’t happening again in front of my home crowd” at the London 2012 Olympics. Jade defeated Hou Yuzhou in the final, becoming Olympic champion. She later became BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year and was awarded an MBE. Jade has added the World Grand Prix and European Games titles to her collection, and is currently ranked the best taekwondo fighter in the world. The proud Welshwoman now lives in Manchester where the GB Taekwondo squad train and is planning on staying firmly on course to defend her title at the Tokoyo 2020 Olympics.