Name: Jenny (Jen) Owens
Sport: Freestyle Skiing – Ski Cross (ex-Alpine World Cup Skier)
Born: Sydney, Australia
Height: 168cm (5’6)
Sponsors: Perisher, Stockli, Leki, Smith, SkullCandy, Giro, XBionic, XTM, Columbia, Southern Alps Ski Club
Program Supported by: Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWIA), Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), and New South Wales Institute of Sport (NSWIS).
Personal Interests: Skiing/snowboarding, Wake-Boarding, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, gym, HUGE Manly Sea Eagles Fan and one of Manly’s “Eagles Angels”, shopping and hanging out with friends and family when I’m home!
A personal introduction…
I am now coming into my 23rd year of International competitive skiing!
I started skiing at the age of 4 at Perisher, joined Southern Alps Ski Club at age 6 and continued with them until I was selected to join a race group at age 8. I joined Perisher Alpine Race Club at 10 and also the Sport and Recreation winter intensive ski program. At 12, I won my first State and National Ski Championships which won me my first international training and competition program to Europe.
I skied Alpine for 14 years, was 7 years on the National Alpine Ski Team, competing on the World Cup tour for 6 of those, competed at 2 World Championship and the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games where I finished 9th in the Combined Downhill (my goal was top 10).
I retired from Alpine in January 2004 due to limited funding and support. I joined the corporate work force, working 9-5… Retiring from Alpine was a very hard decision for me, I wasn’t quite ready to retire which made my transition into “normal” life quite difficult!
The sacrifices that you make as an athlete are HUGE! But at the same time, the life you live is like no other and very hard to find anything as enjoyable as travelling the world, competing for your country, meeting great people and learning new cultures, just to name a few!After 18 months into retirement, I started up a new discipline called Ski Cross
After 18 months into retirement, I started up a new discipline called Ski Cross for fun. It then turned into an Olympic event and have now been competing for 9 years. I have currently been ranked 5th overall in 07-08 and 7th in 08-09 but unfortunately due to many injuries, 09-10 season wasn’t so successful and only completed 3 out of 11 World Cups! Lucky, I was able to push myself to compete in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games but not quite up to the standard that I was hoping, placing 13th.
I have decided to compete in another Olympics’ (making it my third) after a successful 2010-2011 season! I’m super excited about my decision and hope to continue my successful career until then!