Jade Jones is bidding to become the first British woman to claim three back-to-back gold medals at successive Olympics.
The Welsh taekwondo superstar would also become the first in her sport to achieve such a feat if she can claim gold in Tokyo in the early hours of Sunday, July 25.
Here are the key details, dates and times to watch Jade at the Tokyo Olympics.
How old is Jade Jones, where is she from and how many Olympics has she been to?
Jade is aged 28 and hails from Flint, but now lives in Manchester.
She stunned the sporting world with her first gold medal at London 2012 as an unfancied 19-year-old, which represented Britain’s first Olympic taekwondo gold.
That was followed up at Rio 2016 before winning the world title in 2019 and she now stands on the brink of creating further history if she can claim a third gold.
Jade has gone on record as saying anything other than a gold medal would be seen as a failure in her eyes, and feels her third Olympic Games is the one to bring the most pressure.
Jade has earned the nickname The Headhunter over the years, for her tendency to kick to the head during taekwondo fights to gain the maximum points on offer rather than kicking to the body.
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When does Jade Jones fight at the Tokyo Olympics?
The medal events for taekwondo in Jade’s category, -57kg, take place on Sunday, July 25, with Tokyo eight hours ahead of the UK.
Her first fight in the round of 16 will be at 3.44am (UK time). The quarter-finals are then at 6.25am, semi-finals at 8am and then the final at 1.30pm (UK time).
Gary Hall, performance director at GB Taekwondo, said: “She’s ruthlessly competitive.
“She doesn’t give anything up easily. Yes, she has the same worries that everybody else does. But she knows when she gets into that match scenario or competitive scenario, she doesn’t want to lose.
“She’s completely driven and she’s doing everything she can in those six minutes to win the game – and you don’t see that very often.”
Jade added: “It’s going to be tough, and that’s why no one’s done three golds back to back… On my day I believe I can do it. It would just be amazing to get that gold as well – the story literally would have been perfect.”
Who are Jade Jones’ parents?
A BBC Wales documentary – ‘Jade Jones: Fighting for Gold’ – went behind the scenes to take a look at what has got Jade to this historic moment, shining a light on her family and how they have helped her along the way.
It featured Jade’s parents, mum Jayne Ferguson and dad Gary Jones.
Jade describes dad Gary, who collects scrap metal and cockles in the area, as a “Jack the lad”.
During the documentary, Jade joins him on a scrap-collecting route as she used to as a child and when she needed extra money to fund taekwondo.
Gary said: “Jade, when she was a kid, was more of a lad than a girl. I really thought I had a lad. I think we’re the same person to be honest… she’s fiery, I’m fiery.”
Mum Jayne and dad Gary split up when Jade was nine, and Jade now credits her family as the “best support ever” with her mum’s side known as Team Crazy.
“I’ve got the best support ever and that really helps me knowing I can come home to these,” Jade explained.
“Now I’m an adult, I can see my mum’s qualities even more. She’s really strong herself and if she’s determined to do something, she’ll do it. She’s so dedicated.”
Her winning instinct has always been present, as she admits: “I remember flipping up a Monopoly board once when I lost, my mum went nuts and said I couldn’t do that!”
Jade Jones – the mischievous youngster
Jade, who admits she was a cheeky youngster and mischievous youngster, describes a “rough and tumble” childhood where she was “kind of dragged up” and eventually got in with the wrong crowd.
Dad Gary tells the programme: “I went in the bookies, her mum works in the bookies, and when she’s nervous she gets a rash. I said what’s the matter?
“[She said] ‘Jade’s shoplifting’. It was in Boots, the police had her and all that.
“As soon as we went out of Boots, she legged it. She was gone off me.”
Another incident saw her get caught smoking aged 10.
Mum Jayne recalls: “I remember getting called into the headmaster’s office – ‘she’s caught smoking’.
“I was the one crying, Jade was sitting there hard as nails. She’s got a soft side and a hard side.
“Why did you do it Jade?
“[She said] ‘When I’m good I’m like my mum, when I’m bad I’m like my dad’.
“I said ‘you’re you Jade, you’ve got to take responsibility for being you’. You can’t blame this or that.”
Jade admits: “I did start going down the wrong path, hanging out with the wrong people. It was my Grandad that had seen that, and wanted to get me going in the right direction. It was martial arts he wanted to get me into just ’cos he knew it teaches respect, discipline.”
Who is Jade Jones’ grandad?
Grandad Martin, on her mum’s side, can be credited with introducing Jade to the sport that she’d win Olympic gold medals in.
Jade asks him his reason, to which he replies: “Because we tried everything else.
“Swimming, football, you name it. we’d done it. We were coming out of the leisure centre and could hear all this shouting and noise, taekwondo, let’s have a look at this.
“As soon as you went in, I could see you loved it.”
A training technique involving a rolled-up newspaper to improve her skills even came in handy.
“I’d say ‘stand in front of me, you move your head and your body but you can’t move your feet’, and I’d whack her with the paper.
“‘Ow, that hurts granddad!
“Well get out of the way then, that’s what we’re doing it for. It’s all paid off.”
Jade adds: “I definitely wouldn’t have got to the Olympics [without them]. i often say thank you.”
Who is Jade Jones’ boyfriend Jordan Gayle?
Jade Jones credits her flatmates and boyfriend with keeping her training during lockdown at home.
Her boyfriend is former GB taekwondo fighter Jordan Gayle, who hung up his dobok in 2015 having fought at the 2015 World Championships and won numerous senior titles at -68kg.
Jade lives with fellow GB taekwondo athlete, triple world champion and two-time European champion Bianca Walkden , who is competing at Tokyo in the +67kg category and is seen as a medal contender in Tokyo having claimed bronze at Rio on her debut.
The Liverpool-born star will attempt to cement her legacy as the greatest female heavyweight of all time, on Tuesday, July 27.
Bianca’s long-term boyfriend is fellow taekwondo fighter Aaron Cook , who was selected to compete for Team GB in Beijing 2008 but narrowly missed out on a bronze medal.
Later snubbed for London 2012 despite being ranked number one and fearful of the same situation at Rio 2016, the Dorchester-born athlete felt he had “no other option” but to switch nationalities to head to the Olympics again. He gained Moldovan citizenship in 2015, representing the country which had no fighter in line to represent them in the -80kg category. He was eliminated in the last-16.
As for Tokyo, a defeat in the quarter-finals of the Olympic qualifier in May meant he would not represent Moldova at Tokyo.
Jade said of her housemates: “I was very lucky to have Bianca and Jordan and Aaron as well to keep us training. We had kind of a little training camp going downstairs – I changed my garage into a taekwondo gym.”
Where is the gold postbox and Jade Jones Pavilion in Flint?
A postbox painted gold to honour Jade’s London 2012 gold medal can be found outside the post office on Church Street, Flint.
And that’s not the only way her community paid homage to her after her first gold.
The Flint Pavilion Leisure Centre was renamed The Jade Jones Pavilion Flint, aimed to inspire residents of all ages to take part in sport.
How can I watch Jade Jones’ documentary on TV?
‘Jade Jones: Fighting for Gold’ was broadcast on BBC One Wales on Tuesday, July 20, at 8.30pm and is also be available on the iPlayer.
It is directed by Stewart Sugg – the man behind Kenny, Sam Warburton: Full Contact and Geraint Thomas: The Road Will Decide.