Our celebrations continue with a taekwondo trailblazer
At the Olympic Games, there is often a wealth of sports that many people have not encountered before, giving those who compete an opportunity to show off their sport on a global stage.
Many women have pioneered at the Games before over their 120 years of involvement, helping to highlight how incredible these athletes are and get them the recognition they deserve.
Jade Jones, British taekwondo athlete, has done more than most to help her sport shine, her consistency over the years helping make her a household name amongst Olympic fans.
Heading into the 2012 London Games, Jones was in the form of her young life, after being crowned Youth Olympic gold medalist in Singapore in 2010 and winning the US Open and coming second at the German Open.
In the 57kg category, she beat the top seed, China’s Tseng Li-Cheng in the semi-final before beating Hou Yuzhuo in the final and walking away as one of Team GB’s gold medalists of 2012.
Her domination continued four years later, as she ran rampant against Spain’s Eva Calvo in the final, beating her 16-7 and winning back to back Olympic gold medals.
In recognition of her achievements, Jones was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to taekwondo.
Despite an early exit from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Jones can be secure in her status as one of Team GB’s most pioneering and important Olympic athletes of the modern day.
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