UPDATE: Keston's Aimee Fuller causes controversy with Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics commentary of Jenny Jones' slopestyle snowboarding medal win

Jenny Jones won bronze at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Jenny Jones won bronze at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

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LABELLED "a disgrace" by some and as "brilliant" by others, Keston's Aimee Fuller has caused controversy with her commentary of Jenny Jones' bronze medal win at the Winter Olympics.

Miss Fuller, who had gone out of the slopestyle snowboarding event at the semi-final stage, joined Ed Leigh and Tim Warwood in the BBC commentary box for yesterday's final.

The BBC has since received more than 300 complaints, with people saying the commentary was of a low standard.

The commentators cheered when Miss Jones's competitors fell, and also began crying when it became clear she had won a medal.

On Twitter, Chris Hewitt said: "I see I wasn't alone in thinking the BBC's commentary of Jenny Jones' medal was ridiculous - 300 complaints! And deserved - was a disgrace!!"

Ian George added: "Great to see Jenny Jones win a bronze medal for team GB in Sochi. A shame about the awful BBC commentary."

However, social media responses seem to be more positive than negative, with Trevor Cowdery saying on Twitter: "Brilliant heart on the sleeve commentary @aimee_fuller, @SnowEdLeigh & @Tim_Warwood showed true passion #bbcsochi well done."

James Haggerty added: "Just for the record - @SnowEdLeigh @Tim_Warwood & @aimee_fuller 's commentary was the best I've ever heard on the BBC. More pls."

The commentary can be viewed here.

Earlier in the day, Miss Fuller had missed out on the final of the event, in which riders head down a course that includes rails, kickers and jumps.

The 22-year-old fell during her first run and needed a strong effort in her second to secure a place in the final.

However a slight slip following a double back flip meant she missed out.

Jenny Jones's bronze medal was Britain's first-ever medal on snow in an Olympics.

The Winter Olympics is taking place in Sochi, Russia, until February 23.

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4:57pm Mon 10 Feb 14

PoppyGreenLeaf says...

Another classic NS story in which someone who vaguely comes from the newsshopper patch (has lived mostly in the states since 12) manages to get into the national news so the NS makes a story out of it.

Was great commentary if you ask me, just the usual Daily Fail readers making complaints.
Another classic NS story in which someone who vaguely comes from the newsshopper patch (has lived mostly in the states since 12) manages to get into the national news so the NS makes a story out of it. Was great commentary if you ask me, just the usual Daily Fail readers making complaints. PoppyGreenLeaf
  • Score: 6

5:24pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Simon Bull says...

PoppyGreenLeaf wrote:
Another classic NS story in which someone who vaguely comes from the newsshopper patch (has lived mostly in the states since 12) manages to get into the national news so the NS makes a story out of it.

Was great commentary if you ask me, just the usual Daily Fail readers making complaints.
Don't worry, if you're 'vaguely' from our area we'll cover your story when you make it into the national news too.
[quote][p][bold]PoppyGreenLeaf[/bold] wrote: Another classic NS story in which someone who vaguely comes from the newsshopper patch (has lived mostly in the states since 12) manages to get into the national news so the NS makes a story out of it. Was great commentary if you ask me, just the usual Daily Fail readers making complaints.[/p][/quote]Don't worry, if you're 'vaguely' from our area we'll cover your story when you make it into the national news too. Simon Bull
  • Score: -2

7:39pm Mon 10 Feb 14

VanessaEvans says...

Actually, I listened to commentary and thought it was disgraceful and very poor but that it is not down to Aimee. The commentators as a whole were very bad - predicting win before others had actually competed, still talking about Jenny's run whilst commentating on others - and I could go on with a litany of complaints.

Aimee wasn't great but she is a novice at this - the others should have known better as this is their paid job. It was bad. Very bad.

Don't make Aimee a scape goat.
Actually, I listened to commentary and thought it was disgraceful and very poor but that it is not down to Aimee. The commentators as a whole were very bad - predicting win before others had actually competed, still talking about Jenny's run whilst commentating on others - and I could go on with a litany of complaints. Aimee wasn't great but she is a novice at this - the others should have known better as this is their paid job. It was bad. Very bad. Don't make Aimee a scape goat. VanessaEvans
  • Score: 1

7:46pm Mon 10 Feb 14

goldenbroomboy says...

The role of the GB team at most Winter Olympics can be likened to that of the Duke of Clarence in "Henry V", ie seen in the first act, then not seen again until the last act & leaves the stage without saying anything.

Who cares if Aimee got overexcited? Congratulations to Jenny.
The role of the GB team at most Winter Olympics can be likened to that of the Duke of Clarence in "Henry V", ie seen in the first act, then not seen again until the last act & leaves the stage without saying anything. Who cares if Aimee got overexcited? Congratulations to Jenny. goldenbroomboy
  • Score: 4

8:11pm Mon 10 Feb 14

bnorther says...

I saw and heard this and thought the commentary was a bit rubbish.

BUT I didn't complain about it. Really, what wrong with people that feel they need to complain about a bit of commentary. It wasn't offensive, just a bit silly.
I saw and heard this and thought the commentary was a bit rubbish. BUT I didn't complain about it. Really, what wrong with people that feel they need to complain about a bit of commentary. It wasn't offensive, just a bit silly. bnorther
  • Score: 3

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