Jon Eley

Date of Birth: 
Hometown: Solihull
Twitter: @jonnyboy77

Jon Eley
As two time Olympian, European gold medallist and world record holder, Jon is one of the most experienced members of the GB Short Track team.  

The Solihull native began skating at just 18 months old and soon developed a passion for ice hockey, looking to improve his hockey performance Jon gave speed skating a try at the age of 12. His initial talent for speed skating was soon apparent and just three years later he was skating for GB.  

Since then Jon has gone on to compete at the highest levels of the sport, representing Team GB at both the Turin 2006 Olympic Games (5th place in 500m) and the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games (6th place 500m), as well as numerous World and European Championships.

What is your favourite distance to skate and why? My favourite distance is 500m because I love going fast and the action on the start line.
What element of speed skating do you enjoy the most? The feeling of going fast and making overtakes- I like being out on the ice and my performance is down to me.
What would you consider your greatest achievement to date? Individually it would have to be winning the 500m gold medal at the European Championships in 2008, and then of course skating with the relay team and getting the 5000m world record.
What was your highlight of 2011/2012 season? Winning gold in the 500m and then silver 20 minutes later in the relay at the World Cup in Salt Lake City.
What is your favourite skating memory? Definitely celebrating with the team on the ice after getting the world record in the relay.
How would you like to be remembered? As a champion!

Who inspired you most at the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games and why? Chris Hoy, because of his performance after what he has already won and seeing how much it meant to him.
Do you do any sports outside of skating? I love to play golf Ė I have a handicap of 15.
Have you got any sporting family members? My older brother Rob plays ice hockey and my wife Joanna is the GB Short Track Team Coach.
Life after skating: Iíd like to stay in sport (management), preferably speed skating.
Who is your biggest influence? My wife, Joanna.

Place to race: 
Anywhere in Canada, we are always well supported and well looked after as an athlete.
Films/TV shows:
Any sport.
Band/Music: Adele
Last book read: I like audio books, The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith
Food: Steak
Hobbies: Watching TV, playing golf and playing cricket.

To learn more about Jon why not visit his website by clicking here.

International Results (last four seasons)

2009/2010 Season
6th Place 500m Olympic Winter Games, Vancouver, Canada
6th Place Menís Relay Olympic Winter Games, Vancouver, Canada
5th Place Overall European Championships

2010/2011 Season
6th place World Championships 500m
6th place World Championships Relay
Bronze Medal European Championships Relay
World Record Holder Menís 5000m Relay

2011/2012 Season
1st place World Cup 500m, Salt Lake City
4th place World Cup Relay, Montreal
2nd place World Cup 500m, Shanghai
2nd place World Cup Relay, Salt Lake City
3rd place World Cup Relay, Shanghai
3rd place European Championships 500m

2012/2013 Season
5th place in World Cup 500M in Montreal
4th place in World Cup Relay in Montreal
4th place in World Cup Relay in Shanghai
6th and 7th place respectively in World Cup 500M and 500M(2) in Sochi
4th place in World Cup Relay in Sochi
5th place in Europeans Relay in Malmo
9th place in 500M at World Championships, Debrecan, Hungary Ė Overall 17th place

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