Today we learned the identities of the couple famously photographed kissing during a full-fledged riot in Vancouver following the Stanley Cup finals. The story they told was that Alexandra Jones had fallen during a police charge and Scott Thomas consoled her on the ground afterward. Eyewitness Keaton Mazurek told us in an e-mail, "She was obviously injured and, judging by body language/shoeless, I believe she injured her ankle/tibia/fibula. Shortly afterward a woman wearing dark clothing carrying a bag was the first to lend assistance (because of her dress I thought that she was a paramedic, however, she had a large white flower in her hair and so that is highly unlikely.) Within a couple of minutes a group of 5-6 people were surrounding her before she was helped away." The above photo, released today by Getty Images, appears to show that scene.
This is the first or second minute of Thomas and Jones's 15 minutes of fame. Scott Jones's father, Brett Jones, announced on his Facebook page today that the pair would appear on the Today Show on Monday. Scott Jones is an aspiring actor, so perhaps this is his chance for a big break. So far, they haven't granted many interviews, but we've poked around the Internet to cobble together a couple of profiles:
From: Coquitlam, British Columbia
Lives in: Vancouver, British Columbia
Education: University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada; major in environmental engineering.
Work: Member of the Zipcar street team, technician for FreshPure reverse-osmosis water filtration systems in Whole Foods
Affiliations: Engineers Without Borders Canada, University of Guelph chapter
Interests (according to Facebook): Biking, cooking/baking, local food, beaches, water, green roofs, making lists, urban planning, Craigslist
The skinny on the kiss (as told to the Toronto Star): "When I first saw it, I thought, ‘No way, that's not ... I can't believe that's us... Then I looked some more and realized, that is us. That's a very revealing picture of us... I was trying to understand what was going on. The photo was definitely not something we expected to happen... When I saw that picture I couldn't believe it and then I looked at it more and realize it's quite artistic and really something beautiful."
From: Perth, Australia
Lives in: Vancouver, Canada
Education: Aquinas College, Melbourne
Work: Bartender, aspiring comedian and actor
Interests: (also via Facebook): Travel, good times
The skinny on the kiss (as told to ABC): "The riot police ran on top of us... They ran us over... We were knocked over, and I was just trying to calm her down, because as I'm sure you can imagine, she was somewhat distraught."
Bonus: Check out Scott's stand-up comedy routine on YouTube: