Date of Birth:
October 5, 1984
City/State of Birth:
Park City, Utah
Olympics and Events Attended:
2002 Olympics, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - Ski Jumping
2006 Olympics, Torino, Italy - Nordic Jumping
Jones was born in Monroe, Wisconsin, but moved to Steamboat at the age of one. He started with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club as an Alpine racer. Jones followed the same path of his older brother Rob racing and jumping and then switching to jumping full time when he was five. Jones jumped the K-65 (50 meter) when he was six and moved to the K-90 at seven, and the Big Hill (K-114) at ten.
In 1999 at the Junior Olympics in Anchorage, Alaska he won five gold medals. Jones made his first trip to Europe when he was 13 and was named to the U.S. Ski Team when he was 15. That same year he won the U.S. Nationals on the K-114 to become the youngest National Champion ever in an Alpine and Nordic Championship. Jones competed in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was the youngest male competitor at the Olympics. In 2003 while competing in Planica, Slovenia at the ski-flying event on the K-185 jump, he became only the 2nd American to jump 200 meters. In 2003 he finished 2nd overall in the summer Grand Prix series, which is the summer World Cup series. Jones was on the World Cup Circuit for 5 years, competing in two world championships and two Olympic games.
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The Board and Staff of the Tread of Pioneers Museum respectfully acknowledge the Ute people, the original inhabitants of Northwest Colorado, and other Indigenous Nations of this area where we now reside. We recognize that the establishment of this region impacted the lifeways of Native peoples and their communities. In accepting this, we are called to utilize this educational institution to teach stewardship of the land and continuing commitment to the inclusion and respect of these Nations and their traditional values for their homelands.