Allison Jones wins bronze in downhill

By Jamie M. Blanchard | March 08, 2014, 2:40 a.m. (ET)

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia ― Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won the first medal of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games for the United States, taking bronze in the women’s standing downhill on Saturday with a time of 1:34.09.

"Winning the first medal for the USA, what more could I ask for?” said Jones, an alpine skier and cyclist who has competed at every Paralympic Games since 2002. “I came here to have fun because this is my seventh Games, and I've had a blast.”

Marie Bochet of France won the gold medal with a time of 1:30.72. Inga Medvedeva of Russia placed second with a time of 1:32.19.

"It's absolutely amazing,” Jones said. “I did some great skiing and there is great snow. I managed to get up on the podium. You never know in downhill. Normally I should have been fourth, I've had some luck."