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Jade Jones' Journey to Become Double Olympic Champion! Do you have what it takes?

19th August 2016

Jade Jones' Journey to Become Double Olympic Champion! Do you have what it takes?
Jade Jones became the first ever British taekwondo athlete to win gold in the Olympics at London 2012 and she has delivered again in Rio!

With the level of expectations placed on her it would've been very easy to fold under the pressure, however Jade fought spectacularly in the final beating the world number two 16-7. Jade was so nervous in fact, she stated that before the semi-final she was in tears because she "was just so nervous and felt so much pressure but I'm delighted I pulled it off". But I pulled it off when it mattered so I'm just so happy This triumph is due to the hard work that Jade has put in over a long period of time, here is how she has got to this stage in her career.

Jade from Bodelwyddan, Wales, first started Taekwondo at the age of 8, however at the time there was a lack of quality places to train. Her Grandad, Martin, drove her to Manchester 4 times a week and to Cardiff on Sundays to give her a shot at doing what she loved.

At the age of 16 Jade was faced with a difficult decision, she decided to take a huge risk and leave school at the age of 16 to achieve her dream of competing professionally. Due to her hard work and determination her dream came true, although she had to wait 2 weeks before being able to tell her family!

It was Jade's gold medal in the Taekwondo Youth Olympics in Singapore 2010 that put her in the limelight, however she has a lot to thank her local town Flint for. The local pubs and businesses all pulled together to raise the £1,600 required to get Jade to the games. The selflessness displayed by the people of Flint and their overwhelming support epitomises the the spirit of the Olympic Games and has deservedly put their small town on the map.

Jade went on to win her first senior title at the US Open in Texas, 2011, and then to win the London Olympic Games in 2012. In London she earned herself the nickname 'The Headhunter' for her tendency to score points from her opponents through kicks to their head.

Her Taekwondo Olympic gold medal led to her being crowned Welsh Sports Personality of the Year in 2012, and receiving her MBE in 2013 for services to Taekwondo. At the age of 23, the double Olympic champion still has a long career ahead of her, that we at Martial Arts Near You can't wait to follow.

Jade has kicked the Team GB Taekwondo campaign off in style, and we still have more to look forward to with Lutalo Muhammad and Bianca Walkden competing on the 19th and 20th of August respectively. "I'm still young so to be double Olympic champion already is crazy to be honest" she told BBC Sport.

If you think you have what it takes to become an Olympic Champion why not take up martial arts and learn a new skill?

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