As reported by TRANSWORLD SNOWBOARDING, professional freestyle snowboarding icon Jeremy Jones was apparently involved in a severe avalanche in the Utah backcountry last week that resulted in him breaking both of his legs.
The news of the 41-year-old’s injury came to light Wednesday as the result of a GoFundMe set up to help him pay for the medical expenses he will incur as he works toward recovery.
From the GoFundMe’s description:
On Wednesday January 11th, legendary freestyle snowboarder Jeremy Jones of Salt Lake City was in a snowboarding accident in the Utah Backcountry. As a result Jeremy suffered multiple broken bones in both of his legs and had to be Life Flighted to the nearest hospital to undergo emergency surgery. Usually Helicopter Rides and Snowboarding mean good things. This particular ride was good in that it got Jeremy the medical attention he needed quickly but the Heli ride and the injury have also brought enormous unexpected and unplanned expenses.
Jeremy’s influence and impact on the snowboard community and beyond is hard to capture in a few words. His 20+ year career as a professional is filled with Progression, Innovation, and Style. A dedicated ambassador to the sport, role model for both young and old, and a committed family man, Jeremy Jones now needs our help. Now is your chance to support a true legend and give back to someone who has given so much to the sport and lifestyle of Snowboarding. Please donate what you can to help Jeremy get back on his feet.
As noted in the GoFundMe description Jones — who rides for Nitro Snowboards and isn’t to be confused with the big-mountain Jeremy Jones who founded Protect Our Winters — is a legend in the snowboarding world who, along with his close friend JP Walker, helped revolutionize freestyle and urban snowboarding.
Jones’ injury has elicited messages of support across social media from the snowboarding industry:
Jones’ impact in progressing urban snowboarding is unquestionable.