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RxSport Talk: An Interview with Jennifer Osborne

November 2015

Recently we caught up with snowboard cross rider Jennifer Osborne. A member of Britain’s SBX team, Jen bagged a top-16 finish at last season’s Winter Universiade and is one to watch on the road to the Winter Olympics in 2018.

On her last visit to RxSport she picked up the Smith Vantage Women’s helmet and a pair of Smith Virtue goggles with one of our clip-in prescription inserts. We covered a bunch of topics with Jen from eyewear to ambitions and hot beverages. Read on to get the full scoop!

Where are you from originally?

I was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland.

Goofy or Regular?

Goofy all the way 🙂

Years riding?

I’ve been snowboarding for about 14 years now but I’ve only been competing for the past 6 years.

Favourite place to ride?

Has to be Whistler/Blackcomb in Canada.

Worst injury on a board?

Touch wood only a few concussions so far, though I did manage to break my leg last November doing my pre-season training in the gym.

Vin chaud or chocolat chaud?

Chocolat chaud – I’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth.

Best advice for groms?

Something I need to listen more to myself, never give up – whether you’re a natural rider or someone who has to work a bit harder to get there. Falling is part of the process of learning so never stop trying and never give up.

What got you into SBX?

When I went to university in 2009, I starting competing for my university and after a couple of years I got to try out with the GB coaches after which I got invited to train and compete the team. It was almost a bit of luck being at the right place at the right time.

What are you up to this season?

My plan is to compete in mainly FIS races, with the possibility of doing a few Europa cups too and work towards moving up to the World Cup circuit next season.

What is your ultimate SBX goal?

I would love to compete at the Olympics. Whether is 2018 or 2022, that is my ultimate goal.

You are rocking a Smith helmet and goggles with prescription insert this season. How are you finding them?

Honestly I was very sceptical about how much of a difference the prescription inserts would make as my eyesight isn’t terrible but it is amazing what a difference it has made. I can see the definition in the snow a lot better than I ever used to which is really important when riding snowboard cross.

What do you look for in a goggle and helmet set up?

For me it’s always fit and comfort over style. There’s no point in getting a helmet and goggle that don’t fit you properly just because they look good.

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