Jade Jones from Flint competes in the Olympic Games for the fourth time

Jade Jones from Flint competes in the Olympic Games for the fourth time

Double Olympic gold medallist Jade Jones will compete in her fourth Olympic Games for Team GB this summer after being named by the British Olympic Association (BOA) as part of the four-person taekwondo team travelling to Paris.

The 31-year-old from Flint is on course to equal the record of Sarah Stevenson, who has competed in taekwondo four times for the British team at the Olympic Games, and is aiming for an unprecedented third Olympic gold medal in Paris.

Jade’s Olympic journey began in London 2012, where she became the first Olympic Taekwondo champion for Team Great Britain at the age of just 19, before defending her title four years later in Rio 2016.

Jade expressed her excitement about the milestone, saying: “This will be my fourth Olympic Games, fifth if you include the Youth Olympic Games. This feels very special, almost like the very first one when I was 19!”

“People don’t understand how hard it is to even qualify for the Olympics. That’s why I’m super proud and can’t wait to fight with all my strength for GB and myself again.”

At the age of eight, Jones was introduced to Taekwondo by her grandfather, and at 16 she left Flint High School to pursue the sport full-time.

Since then, she has built a stellar career that includes Olympic gold medals, a world title in 2019 and several European championships.

She is also a two-time gold medalist at the European Games, making her the only athlete to achieve this feat in her weight class.

Jade’s nickname “The Headhunter” reflects her strategic preference for scoring points with her opponent’s head, a tactic that scores more points than kicks to the body.

Jade first made a name for herself internationally when she won a bronze medal at the 2010 European Taekwondo Championships.

That same year, she won gold at the inaugural Summer Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, becoming the first gold medallist for Great Britain at the event. In 2011, she continued her winning streak with gold at the US Open and silver at the World Taekwondo Championships.

Her success continued at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where she defeated China’s Hou Yuzhuo to win Great Britain’s first Olympic gold medal in taekwondo.

Despite a controversial loss at the 2015 Taekwondo World Championships, she recovered to win gold again at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Jade suffered a setback at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics when she was eliminated in the first round, but she came back strong to secure a bronze medal at the 2022 World Taekwondo Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico.

(Photo: Team GB)

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