Arianne Jones is a self-described professional tobogganer and lover of life. She got her start in luge following the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City after attending a summer recruitment camp at Canada Olympic Park. She quickly progressed through the Canadian development system and has been competing for 15 years. Standing smaller in stature, Arianne was repeatedly told that she would never be successful in her sport or achieve the national level. Despite this, she became the smallest slider on the World Cup Circuit, dubbed the “pint-sized wonder” by many of her peers and media, proving that hard work and resilience can push past barriers that could have hindered her ability to compete.
Since 2010 she has posted consistent top-10 results on the world circuit, establishing herself as top contender. Arianne competed for Team Canada at the Olympics in 2014 in Sochi, finishing 13th. Following this, Arianne showed the world what she was made of when she won a Bronze Medal in the Calgary World Cup in December 2014. In June 2015 she broke her back, and spent the next eight months in intensive rehab with the uncertainty that she might not return to compete at an elite level in her sport. Arianne came back stronger than ever, posting some of the fastest starts in the world and personal bests in every physical testing feat.
The peak of her comeback occurred when she stood atop the podium with her teammates to sing O Canada after winning a Gold Medal in the World Cup Team Relay in February of 2016. Arianne finished a successful luge career comprised of 51 World Cups, 10 Canadian Championships, 5 World Championships, 1 Olympic Games and multiple World Cup medals. In her free time, she can be found playing in the mountainous outdoors, at her favorite coffee shop reading, meditating at a yoga class, or surrounded by friends and family. Arianne has used her platform in sport to inspire others to become the best versions of themselves. She strives to accomplish this through public speaking on a sport and corporate level. As well as her many years of volunteer work with organizations such as Helmets for Heroes, Classroom Champions and Fast and Female.