Jessica Fox is an Australian world champion slalom canoeist who has competed since 2006.
The French-born, Australian athlete qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where she made her Olympic debut winning a silver medal in the K-1 event.
Fox won seven medals at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships with six golds and a bronze. She also won a gold medal at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in the K-1 event.
Jessica was looking to go one better in the K1 canoe/kayak slalom event after winning silver at London in 2012 as an 18-year-old. She won gold in the C1 at the 2015 world championships and went in as a favourite for the K1 in Rio.
Jessica says officials made a “fair call” to hand her a two-second penalty that cost her a chance of finishing higher in the women’s K1 canoe slalom final at the Rio Olympics. The Bronze Medal adds to the silver Fox won as an 18-year-old at the London Olympics.
Slalom racing is one of two Olympic canoeing disciplines. Olympic athlete, Jessica Fox competes in the singles kayak classes. Races are held at local, state and national regattas at junior and senior level, in classes for men, women and veterans.
In slalom competitions each athlete completes two runs of the course on a route with 20 gates suspended over the river. The competitions are against the clock and the result of each round is obtained by adding the time taken in seconds, and adding the penalties awarded at each gate by a judge.
For big international events there are three rounds, Qualification, Semi-Final and Final. Paddlers get two runs in the Qualification round with their best run counting. The paddlers progressing through to the Semi-Final, where the slate is wiped clean, get one run with top 10 results from the Semi-Final. In the Final, paddlers are ranked in reverse order from their Semi-Final result and again they get one run that determines their final ranking.
Australia has some highly talented Slalom athletes at the moment including medallist from the 2012 London Olympic Games, Jessica Fox.