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Jenny Jones: Olympic victory tour through Bristol streets

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Media captionSnowboard medallist Jenny Jones celebrates medal success with bus tour

Hundreds of people turned out to see Olympic snowboarder Jenny Jones celebrating her Sochi success with an open-top bus journey through Bristol.

The bronze medal winner's tour went from her childhood home in Downend into the city centre.

Later there was a reception at City Hall to mark her Sochi success.

The 33-year-old won an historic medal in the women's snowboard slopestyle final, the first time Great Britain has won a medal on snow.

Image caption Hundreds of people turned out to see Jenny Jones - and her medal

Speaking earlier, she said coming home had been emotional: "I just didn't think that people would recognise me or know about the Olympics - obviously it's been quite a big thing back here."

Robin Cousins, the television presenter and ice skating champion from Bristol, said it would be a day to remember for Jenny.

"What happens afterwards is what you are not ready for and I suppose Jenny felt the same as I felt," he said.

"You want the world to stop so you can get everything into perspective... I was not prepared for how it felt and what happened."

Jones learned to snowboard 16 years ago on the dry ski slope in Churchill, North Somerset, and is hoping her success will "inspire people to go snowboarding".

"There is not even snow in Bristol - if I can get to the Olympics they can do anything," she said.

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