Lolo Jones' Bobsled Olympic Bid
Lolo Jones’ comeback from fourth place in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics may surprise you. No, she’s not hitting the track in preparation for the next summer games, she’s in New York trying her hand at winter sports.
According to Yahoo Sports, Jones is currently training in Lake Placid for her bid as part of the U.S. bobsled team that will compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
She is among several track Olympians who were invited by bobsled coach Todd Hays to both speak to prospective team members as inspiration and to try out for the bobsled pushing slot. Bobsled coaches have previously tried to lure athletes from the track-and-field world onto their teams. Olympians like Jones have a combination of speed and explosiveness ideal for bobsled pushers.
On her first night of competitive pushing, Jones joined up with pilot Jazmine Femlator for a combined two-run time of 1:57.0, only 0.05 seconds behind the first-place team.
"It's a new sport for me and there's a ton of room for improvement," Jones told Sports Illustrated. "I'm coming in here trying to learn everything quickly. I'm looking forward to fixing some things and hammering it out.”
The full team will be announced after the conclusion of the trials.