Jessica Fox (canoeist)

Jessica Esther "Jess" Fox OAM (born 11 June 1994) is a French-born Australian world and Olympic champion slalom canoeist who has competed at the international level since 2008.[3]

Jessica Fox
2019 ICF Canoe slalom World Championships 138 - Jessica Fox (cropped).jpg
Jessica Fox during the 2019 Canoe Slalom World Championships.
Personal information
Nickname(s)Foxy[1]
NationalityAustralian
Born (1994-06-11) 11 June 1994 (age 28)
Marseille, France
Height167 cm (5 ft 6 in)[2]
Weight61 kg (134 lb)
Websitehttps://www.jessicafox.com.au/
Sport
CountryAustralia
SportCanoe slalom
RankNo. 1 (K1)
No. 1 (C1)
No. 4 (Extreme)
Event(s)K1, C1, extreme slalom
ClubPenrith Valley Canoeing
Medal record
Women's canoe slalom
Representing  Australia
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2020 Tokyo C1
Silver medal – second place 2012 London K1
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Rio de Janeiro K1
Bronze medal – third place 2020 Tokyo K1
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2013 Prague C1
Gold medal – first place 2013 Prague C1 team
Gold medal – first place 2014 Deep Creek Lake C1
Gold medal – first place 2014 Deep Creek Lake K1
Gold medal – first place 2015 London C1
Gold medal – first place 2015 London C1 team
Gold medal – first place 2017 Pau K1
Gold medal – first place 2018 Rio de Janeiro C1
Gold medal – first place 2018 Rio de Janeiro K1
Gold medal – first place 2019 La Seu d'Urgell C1 team
Gold medal – first place 2021 Bratislava Extreme K1
Gold medal – first place 2022 Augsburg Extreme K1
Silver medal – second place 2017 Pau C1 team
Silver medal – second place 2019 La Seu d'Urgell C1
Silver medal – second place 2019 La Seu d'Urgell K1
Silver medal – second place 2022 Augsburg C1
Silver medal – second place 2022 Augsburg K1
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Tacen C1
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Pau K1 team
Youth Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2010 Singapore K1
U23 World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2012 Wausau C1 team
Gold medal – first place 2013 Liptovský Mikuláš C1
Gold medal – first place 2014 Penrith C1
Gold medal – first place 2014 Penrith K1
Gold medal – first place 2015 Foz do Iguaçu K1
Gold medal – first place 2016 Kraków C1
Gold medal – first place 2016 Kraków K1
Gold medal – first place 2017 Bratislava K1
Silver medal – second place 2015 Foz do Iguaçu K1 team
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Liptovský Mikuláš C1 team
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Penrith K1 team
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Kraków C1 team
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Bratislava K1 team
Junior World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 Foix C1
Gold medal – first place 2010 Foix K1
Gold medal – first place 2012 Wausau C1
Gold medal – first place 2012 Wausau K1

She qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where she made her Olympic debut at 18 years of age, winning a silver medal in the K1 event. She won a bronze medal in the same event four years later in Rio de Janeiro, and again at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.[4] She won gold at the 2020 Olympics in the C1 event, becoming the first Olympic champion in that event.

Fox has won 19 medals at the ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships with twelve golds (C1: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018; K1: 2014, 2017, 2018; C1 team: 2013, 2015, 2019; Extreme K1: 2021, 2022), five silvers (C1: 2019, 2022, K1: 2019, 2022, C1 team: 2017) and two bronzes (C1: 2010, K1 team: 2017). Her 8 gold medals in individual events make her the most successful paddler, male or female, in World Championship history. She also won a gold medal at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in the K1 event.

Fox, an 8-time world champion and Olympic champion, is considered the greatest individual paddler of all time.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Fox was born on 11 June 1994 in Marseille, France,[6][7][8] later moving to Penrith, New South Wales.[7] Fox's parents are Richard Fox and Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi, who both competed as canoeists at the Olympics: her father for Great Britain at the 1992 Games, and her mother at the 1996 Games who won a bronze medal for France.[6][7][9][10] Her father is Second Vice President of the International Canoe Federation[10][11] as well as Australian Canoeing's current high-performance manager,[10] and a five-time world champion.[7][8][9] Fox is Jewish,[12][13][14][15] as is her mother Myriam Jerusalmi;[13][16][17] whereas her father is not Jewish.[18] Her younger sister Noemie Fox is also a slalom canoeist, as was her aunt Rachel Crosbee.

Fox attended Blaxland High School, and finished her HSC year by being first in New South Wales in the PDHPE in 2011 and had an ATAR score of 99.1. She studied in the Elite Athlete Program at The University of Sydney[19] where she is working on a degree in media/communications. She is studying a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) at Swinburne Online. She is bilingual in English and French.[7][8]

Fox suffered a back injury that impacted her performance in 2012.[10] In May 2012, she spoke at the Chullora Public School.[9] She celebrated her 18th birthday on 11 June 2012 in Cardiff while competing at a World Cup event.[6] Fox is also an avid dog lover, regularly posting "dog selfies" to her social media platforms. Fox has featured all types of breeds, ranging from Jack Russels to Labradoodles. Fox's most popular #dogselfie was with a Swiss Shepherd named Hendrix.[20][non-primary source needed]

CareerEdit

Fox races in K1 and C1 events and is coached by her mother, Myriam.[10][8][9] She started in the sport in 2005 by canoeing on the Nepean River.[7][8] She has a scholarship and is affiliated with the Australian Institute of Sport and the New South Wales Institute of Sport.[8] In club competitions, she represents the Penrith Valley Canoe Club.[8]

In September 2009, Fox made her Australian senior national team bid.[8] She competed at the ICF World Ranking in Merano, Italy in 2009 where she finished third in the K1 event.[8] At the 2009 AYOF event in Penrith, New South Wales, she finished first in the women's K1 event.[8]

Fox won placed 5th in the K1 event and won a bronze medal in the C1 event at the 2010 World Championships in Tacen.[21] At the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore, she won the gold in the girls' K1 slalom event.[7][9] At the 2010 Junior World Championships in Foix, Jessica won gold in K1, also winning the inaugural C1 event at that level. She won her first World Cup by taking out the C1 event at the third round in La Seu d'Urgell. Domestically, Fox won the C1 event and placed 9th in the K1 event at the Oceania Continental Championships in Penrith (counting to World Cup points) and placed 1st and 3rd at the National Championships in Eildon, Victoria, in the C1 and K1 events respectively.[8]

In 2011, Fox won gold medals in the C1 event at World Cups 2 and 3.[8] At the 2011 World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia, she finished 19th, which gave Australia an automatic spot in the event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[8] She won silver medals at Australian Open and the Oceania Championships in the women's K1 event in 2011.[8]

In 2012 Fox was selected to represent Australia for the first time at the Olympics in the women's K1 event, where she won the silver medal at the age of 18.[8] Her pre-Olympic schedule included training on the Olympic course in London in April,[9][22] and World Cup competitions in Wales, France and Spain, plus the Junior World Championship in the United States.[9] Her result has been described as competitive revenge against the 44-year-old Czech paddler Štěpánka Hilgertová, who had beaten Fox's mother Myriam to the K1 gold medal sixteen years earlier in the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics. Her silver medal improved on her mother's bronze from Atlanta 1996 and her father's fourth place in Barcelona 1992, and earned her the nickname "the Silver Fox" from teammates and the press.[22]

She won her first World Championship titles in the C1 event and the C1 team event at the 2013 World Championships in Prague.

At the 2014 World Championships at Deep Creek Lake, USA, Fox became the first athlete to win the C1 and K1 events at the same World Championships, besting Jana Dukátová, who became the first to do it at separate events winning a world championship title in K1 in 2006 and C1 in 2010.

In 2016, Fox won her second Olympic medal, with a bronze in the K1 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After winning multiple World Cup races, she won the overall World Cup title in the Kayak Single Slalom (K1) and was second overall in Canoe Single Slalom (C1). She also won the U23 World Championships in K1 and C1 in Kraków, Poland. Additionally, she also won the Oceania Championships Slalom C1 in Penrith, Australia.[23]

In 2017, Fox won the K1 event at the 2017 World Championships, a number of World Cup medals, the Canoeist of the Year award, and the NSW Athlete of the Year award.[24][23] In 2018, Fox was a double ICF Canoe World Champion in C1 and K1, and again won a number of World Cups in both disciplines. Her 2018 season featured an undefeated run in C1 (winning all five World Cups and the World Championships), and three consecutive 'Golden Doubles' at the first three World Cups.[25] In 2019, she won the Oceania Championships in Canoe Slalom again, as well as the World Cup Overall in both events.[23]

She finished third to win the bronze medal in the women's canoe slalom K1 at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,[26] where she also gained media attention for using a condom to repair her kayak.[27] In Tokyo Jess was also the fastest qualifier for the final of the inaugural C1 canoe slalom event, and went on to win the gold medal, beating silver medalist Mallory Franklin of Great Britain by more than three seconds with a penalty-free run.[28]

At the 2021 World Championships in Bratislava, Fox did not progress to the final of either the K1 or C1 for the first time in her entire career, after incurring 50-second penalties in the semi-finals of both. On the final day of competition she became World Champion in the extreme slalom event, an 8th individual world title in a 3rd unique event, in just her third international appearance in the event which will make its Olympic debut at Paris 2024.[29]

Fox has won the overall World Cup title five times in the C1 class (2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019) and three times in the K1 class (2018, 2019, 2021). She has finished the year as the World No. 1 in C1 10 times, including an uninterrupted streak from 2013 to 2021, and World No. 1 in K1 6 times. She is currently the highest ranked athlete in both events.[30]

ResultsEdit

World Cup individual podiumsEdit

Season Date Venue Position Event
2010 21 February 2010 Penrith 1st C11
27 June 2010 La Seu d'Urgell 1st C1
2011 2 July 2011 L'Argentière-la-Bessée 1st C1
9 July 2011 Markkleeberg 1st C1
2012 9 June 2012 Cardiff 2nd C1
2013 22 June 2013 Cardiff 2nd C1
29 June 2013 Augsburg 1st C1
6 July 2013 La Seu d'Urgell 1st C1
17 August 2013 Tacen 1st C1
18 August 2013 Tacen 1st K1
24 August 2013 Bratislava 1st C1
2014 8 June 2014 Lee Valley 3rd K1
14 June 2014 Tacen 1st C1
2 August 2014 La Seu d'Urgell 1st C1
2015 20 June 2015 Prague 2nd C1
21 June 2015 Prague 2nd K1
27 June 2015 Kraków 1st C1
8 August 2015 La Seu d'Urgell 1st C1
15 August 2015 Pau 2nd C1
16 August 2015 Pau 2nd K1
2016 4 June 2016 Ivrea 1st C1
5 June 2016 Ivrea 2nd K1
12 June 2016 La Seu d'Urgell 2nd K1
18 June 2016 Pau 2nd C1
3 September 2016 Prague 1st C1
10 September 2016 Tacen 2nd C1
11 September 2016 Tacen 1st K1
2017 24 June 2017 Augsburg 1st C1
1 July 2017 Markkleeberg 1st C1
2 July 2017 Markkleeberg 2nd K1
2 September 2017 Ivrea 1st C1
3 September 2017 Ivrea 2nd K1
9 September 2017 La Seu d'Urgell 2nd C1
10 September 2017 La Seu d'Urgell 2nd K1
2018 23 June 2018 Liptovský Mikuláš 1st K1
24 June 2018 Liptovský Mikuláš 1st C1
30 June 2018 Kraków 1st K1
1 July 2018 Kraków 1st C1
7 July 2018 Augsburg 1st K1
8 July 2018 Augsburg 1st C1
31 August 2018 Tacen 1st C1
1 September 2018 Tacen 2nd K1
9 September 2018 La Seu d'Urgell 1st C1
2019 15 June 2019 Lee Valley 3rd K1
16 June 2019 Lee Valley 3rd C1
30 June 2019 Tacen 1st C1
31 August 2019 Markkleeberg 2nd K1
1 September 2019 Markkleeberg 3rd C1
7 September 2019 Prague 1st K1
8 September 2019 Prague 1st C1
2021 12 June 2021 Prague 3rd K1
13 June 2021 Prague 1st C1
19 June 2021 Markkleeberg 1st K1
4 September 2021 La Seu d'Urgell 1st K1
5 September 2021 La Seu d'Urgell 1st C1
11 September 2021 Pau 1st K1
12 September 2021 Pau 2nd C1
12 September 2021 Pau 3rd Extreme
2022 11 June 2022 Prague 1st K1
18 June 2022 Kraków 1st K1
25 June 2022 Tacen 1st K1
1 Oceania Canoe Slalom Open counting for World Cup points

Complete World Cup resultsEdit

Year Class WC1 WC2 WC3 WC4 WC5 Points Position
2008 K1 Continent  
11
Prague  
 
Tacen  
 
Augsburg  
 
32 70th
2010 K1 Continent  
9
Prague  
31
La Seu  
14
Augsburg  
 
67 25th
C1 1 7 1 156 5th
2011 K1 Tacen  
 
L'Argentière  
7
Markkleeberg  
17
Prague  
 
66 21st
C1 1 1 120 6th
2012 K1 Cardiff  
7
Pau  
8
La Seu  
6
Prague  
 
Bratislava  
 
120 14th
C1 2 55 19th
2013 K1 Cardiff  
5
Augsburg  
12
La Seu  
10
Tacen  
1
Bratislava  
9
205 2nd
C1 2 1 1 1 1 295 1st
2014 K1 Lee Valley  
3
Tacen  
9
Prague  
5
La Seu  
9
Augsburg  
 
166 9th
C1 4 1 8 1 198 4th
2015 K1 Prague  
2
Kraków  
29
Liptovský Mikuláš  
9
La Seu  
5
Pau  
2
252 3rd
C1 2 1 8 1 2 318 1st
2016 K1 Ivrea  
2
La Seu  
2
Pau  
10
Prague  
17
Tacen  
1
290 2nd
C1 1 2 1 2 285 3rd
2017 K1 Prague  
10
Augsburg  
11
Markkleeberg  
2
Ivrea  
2
La Seu  
2
286 2nd
C1 24 1 1 1 2 307 1st
2018 K1 Liptovský Mikuláš  
1
Kraków  
1
Augsburg  
1
Tacen  
2
La Seu  
10
303 1st
C1 1 1 1 1 1 360 1st
2019 K1 Lee Valley  
3
Bratislava  
6
Tacen  
27
Markkleeberg  
2
Prague  
1
278 1st
C1 3 11 1 3 1 312 1st
2021 K1 Prague  
3
Markkleeberg  
1
La Seu  
1
Pau  
1
290 1st
C1 1 4 1 2 276 2nd
Extreme 8 3 125 4th

HonoursEdit

Fox was the 2010 Penrith Press Junior Sports Star of the year and NewsLocal Medal winner.[9] She has also served as the ambassador for the Premier's Sporting Challenge.[9] In 2010, she was also named the Cumberland Courier Junior Sport Star, NSWIS Junior Athlete of the Year and the Pierre de Coubertin AOC award.[8] In 2009, 2010 and 2011, she was named the Junior Canoeist of the Year Australian Canoeing.[8] In 2011, she was named the Australian Canoeing Athlete of the Year.[8] She earned the AIS Secondary Education award in 2011.[8] She was awarded AIS Sport Performance Awards – Athlete of the Year for 2014.[31] In 2018, she won AIS Sport Performance Award Female Athlete of the Year.

In the 2022 Australia Day Honours Fox was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.[32]

TelevisionEdit

In 2017, Fox appeared as a celebrity contestant on the Australian version of Hell's Kitchen.[33][34] She came 7th overall.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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