It’s difficult for Jenny Fletcher to remember a day in which she has not been involved in something. From tap, jazz and ballet to riding horses on her family farm in Western Canada, Jenny decided at a young age she wanted to do it all. In school it was track and field, volleyball and basketball; after school it was Tetrathlon, a sport consisting of running, swimming, shooting (air pistol) and cross-country horse jumping.
At the age of 15, Jenny was discovered by international modeling agency Mode Models and quickly began a journey that she is still enjoying today. In fact, her journey began so quickly that before she or her parents could think twice, Jenny was on a plane to Japan by herself! She quickly adapted to the fast-paced lifestyle of modeling and balancing the challenges of being a teenager. Although she had a career that continuously shuttled her around the world, at the same time, she would return home to the simplicity of growing up on a farm where she could just enjoy being a tomboy!
During this time Jenny was also trying to balance her dream of competing at Worlds in modern pentathlon. She started traveling around the world during the summers on the Canadian team, and at the age of 16 she competed in both Junior and Senior Worlds, an experience she described as “unparalleled adventure.”
Jenny would have loved to keep competing in modern pentathlon, but the realities of lugging her fencing bag, riding gear and gun across the world on modeling gigs proved to be too much. Her fencing bag was eventually left behind.
Jenny eventually settled in New York, where she lived for 10 years, and during that time Jenny became a “gym junky,” running the New York City Marathon and eventually unearthing her passion for triathlons. Jenny, now in her eighth year of racing, immediately became addicted.
Jenny earned her first ever professional triathlon victory at the 2012 IRONMAN 70.3 Branson, winning in convincing fashion. She called her win a “dream come true.”
Check out the April 2012 issue of One Icon Magazine to get the inside scoop from Jenny on the ups and downs of training and everything in between. One Icon is available for download on iTunes: http://oak.ly/HyPMhh.
Q & A
NUMBER OF YEARS PARTICIPATING IN YOUR SPORT:
WHEN DID YOU START YOUR SPORT?
When I lived in NY and was modeling. I started biking and entered my first sprint in 2004. Loved it that signed up for a few races a yr. (just for fun)
YEARS AS A PROFESSIONAL:
This is my 2nd yr!
WHO / WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Anyone that pursues their dreams! And lives to tell the story and inspire others into believing that anything is possible.
IF YOU WEREN'T A PRO TRIATHLETE, YOU WOULD BE?
Probably still modeling full time.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SONGS CURRENTLY LOADED ONTO YOUR THUMP?
Totally into One Republic (waking up) music right now. Awesome to work out too. And then I have some great mixes with all types of music for working out... Kings of Leon, Ringside, Citizen Cope, Eminem, U2, Coldplay, Taio Cruz, The Frey, Black Eyed Peas, etc.
WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO YOU THAN TRI?
The support system that backs it up. Family, Friends, Sponsors, & Fans... Without the people in my life... I wouldn't be who I am or do what I'm doing.
DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER SPECIAL TALENTS - (MUSIC/WRITE/DRAW/PAINT)?
Love to sing. I'm not amazing but not bad (with a little practice and instruction maybe I'll record one day) love to write- definitely want to write a book!
TO ME, OAKLEY IS:
The quintessential ideal of being an athlete. To be sponsored by Oakley is any athletes dream. Oakley is the cream of the crop when it comes to being a sponsored athlete.
BANDS: right now... One Republic, Coldplay, Kings of Leon, U2. FILMS: The Kings Speech, The Grinch (Jim Carey), Anchorman, Tommy Boy, The Dark Knight, Office Space, Elf, Lord of the Rings, Hangover. BOOKS: The Invitation, My Sisters Keeper, In Pursuit of Excellence, The Talent Code, and many more. TV SHOWS: like to watch sports. Tour De France or any cycling, Tennis, bit of basketball & hockey. DRINK: water & wine.
WHAT MOVE / TRICK OR YOU WORKING ON?
Aghhh.... Faster transitions. NEED to work on my running mount onto the bike. Pretty pathetic right now. Lol!
5 ITEMS I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT:
My Best Friend, My Bike, My IPhone, Peanut Butter, & my Sunglasses :)!!!
IF YOU COULD BE SOMEONE FAMOUS, WHO WOULD YOU BE?
I'd love to be parts of the roles that Angelina Jolie plays and I think she is the most beautiful woman alive so that couldn't be a bad thing... But needs to be mixed together with an athlete.
PARTY ANIMAL or MELLOW TV ON THE COUCH?
Mellow TV on the couch!
ANY LAST WORDS?
Strive! Believe in your dreams and sTRYve that is already accomplishing so much more than if you never even tried!
How do you see yourself? Are you rebellious? Quiet? Weird? Why?
A bit rebellious... Or is it stubborn?! Lol! I can be quiet in certain situations but generally I'm a chameleon and adapt to whatever situation I am in. I'm an independent person with a free spirit!
What are the things that inspire you?
Anyone who is pursuing their dreams and living life to the fullest.
What is the greatest lesson you have ever learned?
That mistakes are inevitable and necessary in life to aid me into becoming all I am meant to be by helping me to grow, change, learn, and hopefully apply what I have learnt through everything I have gone through.
What is the greatest thing you have taught somebody else?
I believe in second chances and I believe that is what everyone deserves... So life is about Grace.
What are the things or stories that encapsulate the way you live your life?
I take all the people in my life and learn from them both the things that have helped them become who they are and the qualities I see in them I like that I'd like to incorporate more into who I am and also the mistakes they have made and learnt from... I can learn from them and hopefully avoid making similar mistakes but even if I do it's about learning from your mistakes and making a choice to change those habits or things about you that are not edifying to the soul.
What are the greatest hurdles you have had to overcome in life?
Wow... Failure.. But moreover when failing... Being able to forgive myself. I still Struggle. I am so hard on myself.
What do you hold the most valuable to you in life?
Who is the most influential person in your life and why?
Well God first and foremost because I wouldn't be alive if He didn't create me and put me on this earth to live with a purpose. Why? Because He is the one who blessed me with my talents and gifts. I'm just trying to live the best life I can. One day at a time.
From who or what and how did they influence you going forward?
There have been many signs in life. Some just internally but also things that happen around me that keep me knowing I am on the right path.
What makes you different than other girls or just unique?
What makes me different or unique is I am just being ME. No one else can. Others can inspire to be. But no one has my mind, my Heart, or my body... Meaning we were all created uniquely and as individuals. If I spent my life trying to be someone else I'd miss out on what and who I am supposed to be. I learned this through all my years of modeling and it branches into the sports. I just have to be ME. Give my all, Be my all, Live my all, Love my all.... Everything else is not my best because it is not being true to myself or being me. (now if you can make sense of that...I'll give you an award) lol
What are you passionate about and why?
Life, dreaming, believing, striving, achieving. All these things bring life to life. I'm not a sitter who just contemplates life I love to live it and live it large. Breathe deep, Smile big, Laugh Hard, Cry even harder... I love to feel. I love to live my dreams & all the highs and lows that come with it.
List three words that describe your sense of style:
Black, simple, womanly
Who would play you in a movie?
Angelina Jolie mixed together with Jennifer Garner! Is that a totally crazy mix??
What is the quality you most like in the opposite sex?
Just one??? I love someone who exudes confidence but not in an arrogant way but is just comfortable in their own skin and who they are. Also a great smile, and humor are huge.