Name: Arianne Jones
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Favourite Sports Memory: Sitting in a pub in Whistler during the 2010 Olympic Games and watching a group of manly, burly men on a Bachelor Party glued to the TV watching…figure skating! The entire place leaped out of their seats and cheered when Joannie Rochette won her medal. Seeing how our country came together for our Canadian Athletes during those Games was unforgettable.
How you got involved in your sport: The summer of 2003 my mom sent her bored twelve year old to a “Sports of all Sorts” camp at Canada Olympic Park. There we tried, well, all sorts of sports! Mountain Biking, Ski Jumping, Biathlon, and Luge. Luge was the equivalent of tobogganing in the summertime, what kid isn’t going to adore that! I sure did. It was fun, fast, and exhilarating. I was invited back to a recruitment camp, and began sliding that following winter. I worked my way through the ranks of the program and here I am today.
The moment you knew you wanted to represent Canada: When I was given my first team jacket it had a huge maple leaf plastered on it and Canada embroidered on the back. At that moment I was so proud to have my country on my back. I knew that I wanted to represent my country in an even bigger way.
“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow. “
“Keep your head up, keep your heart strong”
CAN Fund Testimonial: CAN Fund is whole-heartedly supporting Canadian Athletes like no one has before. The amount of athletes whose lives they have impacted is astounding. CAN Fund allows me to train to my very best ability every single day, without having to worry about financial stress. I am proud to have CAN Fund on my team, supporting my dreams.
6th place at World Cup in Winterberg, Germany 2012
8th place at World Championships in Whistler, BC 2013
Share one valuable tool that you use on a daily basis that helps you to be the best athlete you can be. “It’s about today, not tomorrow” These words of wisdom were shared with me by another fellow athlete while training. In an Olympic season you can easily get caught up in the pressures and the big picture. This reminds me that all I can do is my very best every day. One more set, one more rep in the gym. If I push to be my best every single day, I know on competition day that I have left no stone unturned up until this moment and am the most prepared I can be.
Who is one person in your life that has impacted your career and what was it that they taught you. I know it sounds stereotypical, but my mom and dad. I could not ask for more supporting and loving parents in my whole crazy sporting journey. They are there to give advice when I need it, motivation on those down days, and also the most ridiculous support. One race when I was younger my parents watched me as I bounced back and force hitting every single wall down a hundred meter straight-away section of the track. When I got to the finish my mom gave me a huge hug and said “Cupcake I am so proud of you!” (yes, she occasionally calls me cupcake) At the time I wanted to die of anger and embarrassment. However, looking back I realize how lucky I am not to feel any pressure from home, only sheer support.
I always put my right glove on first. No clue why.
I have a small obsession with tea right now. However, I do hurdle myself down an icy chute in spandex for a career. I deserve some warmth when I am done!