A Silver for Jess Fox

August 3, 2012 by Henry Benjamin
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Jess Fox, daughter of  Olympian kayakers Richard Fox and Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi, has won the Silver medal in the K1 canoe slalom at the 2012 London Olympics.

Jess Fox in action in the London 2012 Olympics

Born in France but raised in Leonay near Penrith in NSW, the 18-yr-old has emulated her Olympian parents, both distinguished member’s of the world’s canoeing community.

Her father Richard took out the World Championship five times representing Great Britain and her mother won an Olympic bronze medal in Atlanta in 1996. She has also won two World Championships for France.

Jess Fox told media she started paddling in 2005 and has since won three world cups .

She is currently studying media and communications at Sydney University.

Her mother Myriam is listed in the book “Jews and the Olympic Games”.

Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi’s citation

Jessica Fox was born in Marseilles France and moved to Australia in 1998 with her family when her father took up the position as Head Australian Coach for the sport for the Sydney Olympics.

Jessica won a Gold Medal in the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore competing in the K-1 event.

Ironically, the Gold Medal went to France. Fox told media: “I’m still 18 and one of the youngest to race. It was really special”. She told J-Wire: “Its been an amazing experience and I still can’t believe it! It was really special sharing it with my parents.”



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