Jessica Fox

1994 -

Slalom paddler Jessica Fox stood on the podium at two consecutive Olympics in the K1 after claiming a silver at the London 2012 Games and then a bronze four years later in Rio.  

In Rio, Fox qualified for the final in fifth place with a conservative run in the semi-final and then produced a superb final run to move into the gold medal position. But even before the next paddler could race the course she dropped down to the silver position following a late two-second penalty. With four more paddlers still to come, she ended up in third. 

Fox produced one of the surprises of the London 2012 Games for the Australian Olympic Team as the 18-year-old paddled to silver through the whitewater course on her debut Games - outgunning all but one of her more experienced rivals.

Having capsized in the first run of her heat, she showed maturity beyond her years to compose herself and make it through to the semi-final. She recorded the eighth best score to make the final, an enormous feat in itself for the youngster. Fox was third on the course in the final where she recorded a score of 106.51 after putting down the run of her life. She remained in the gold medal position until, with three athletes to go Emilie Fer of France posted a score of 105.90. Fox had a nervous wait to see if she had claimed a medal but the two top qualifiers for the semi-finals could not knock the Australian from her silver medal position.

No doubt Fox's family pedigree in the sport helped her along the way to London. Her father Richard competed for Great Britain in the K1 at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, finishing fourth and was a 5-time World Champion. He was section manager for the Australian canoe/kayak team in 2004 and 2008 and in 2000 he was the Head Coach. Her mother Myriam competed for France at the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, winning bronze in Atlanta in the K1. She was a 2-time World Champion and was a slalom coach at the 2004 and 2008 Games for Australia. 

Olympic Results

2016 Rio

K-1 - Women
Heats 1st Run 107.88 8
Heats 2nd Run 99.51 2
Semi-final +2.96 104.50 Q 5
Final 102.49 3
Final Placing 3 / 21

2012 London

K-1 - Women
Final 106.51 2
Semi-final +4.84 112.63 Q 8
Heats 2nd Run 100.33 2
Heats 1st Run 165.36 18
Final Placing 2 / 21