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Arianne Jones

Luge | Canada


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.

Linda Gassenheimer

Author | Radio & TV Host

MENTOR | IWF Florida

Her “Miami Herald” column “Dinner in Minutes” is distributed on the Tribune Wire Service to over 6 million readers each week. Her Quick Fix Diabetes column is also distributed on the Tribune Wire Service. In addition, she writes regularly for “Bottom Line Newsletter” and has written for “Food and Wine,” “Prevention Magazine” “Cooking Light,” and several other national publications.

She has appeared on national and international television shows including “Good Morning America,” “Canada AM,” and had her own segment called “Dinner in Minutes” on the Miami NBC TV affiliate. She has appeared many times on the Television Food Network.

She is the author of 32 books. Her newest books, The 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook, Delicious One-Pot Dishes, Quick and Easy Chicken, No-Fuss Diabetes Desserts, Simply Smoothies, Fast and Flavorful: Great Diabetes Meals from Market to Table, and Mix ‘n’ Match Meals in Minutes all published by the American Diabetes Association. Her latest books are Flavors of the Florida Keys (December, 2010), The Portion Plan (January, 2007), Prevention’s Fit and Fast Meals in Minutes, (August, 2006), Good-Carb Meals in Minutes and Good-Carb Diet for Life (September, 2005), and Low-Carb Meals in Minutes (October 2000) reached number 1 on’s bestseller list for all books and number 2 on the L.A. Times Hot Books List. It has been published in the UK where it reached number 1 on the UK bestseller list, in Norway and Australia.

She is Past President of the International Women’s Forum/Florida, on the Board of Funding Arts Network and a member of the Miami/Dade Schools Wellness Advisory Committee.

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