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Jessika Jenson returns home from Olympics

By Luke Jones
Published On: Feb 15 2014 10:15:36 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 17 2014 11:34:20 AM CST

Olympic snowboarder Jessica Jenson returned home to Rigby from Sochi Saturday. Hundreds gathered at Kelly Canyon Ski Resort to welcome her back.

RIRIE, Idaho -

Olympic snowboarder Jessica Jenson returned home to Rigby from Sochi Saturday. Even though she didn't medal at the games, hundreds of people still gathered at Kelly Canyon Ski Resort in Ririe Saturday afternoon to welcome her home.

Jenson arrived at Kelly Canyon with a police escort and headed straight for the crowd, where she signed American flags, snowboards and helmets. She even snowboarded down a run resort officials say they're naming after her.

"I'm just speechless right now. It's such a great welcoming to come home to and to know I have all this support behind me and I couldn't ask for a better crowd,” said Jenson.

"It's just a real honor, and we're so proud of her. She really did a good job,” said Jenson's grandmother, Kathryn Jenson.

Jenson recalled her disappointment in Sochi when she failed to make it out of the semifinals.

“Had a really good second run, but I fell on the last jump. Just kind of landed a little tail-heavy. But that just motivates me more to work hard and make the next team,” Jenson said.

Right now, Jenson said she's taking a break before heading to Colorado.

"I have a couple more events out there, and, you know, I'm really gonna work hard these next four years. I really would like to make the South Korea team,” Jenson said, referring to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

“But there's other events besides the Olympics that I'll be doing. There's kind of a different circuit, so this is just the starting point of my career,” said Jenson.

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