Lolo Jones, who competed in hurdles at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, is now going for a medal in a different sport. Jones will join her newest teammates of the US Bobsled team during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Thursday, she joined the team as a pusher. So long to the hurdles, hello to the bobsled.
“This is a breath of fresh air, cool, very cool, cold air,” Jones said.
Her teammates will include 2010 Olympic bobsledder Emily Azevedo, world championship medalist Katie Eberling and track and field athletes Tianna Madison, Aja Evans and Cherrelle Garrett. U.S. bobsled coach Todd Hays recruited the track and field athletes to the sport this fall.
“Lolo and Tianna accepted the challenge to compete for a spot on the team, and they did an incredible job,” he said Thursday. “They are just tenacious competitors that want to win at everything they do. It wouldn’t matter if it was ping-pong, checkers or bobsled, they still want to be the best.”
Jones has not given up on her track and field career, she still plans to compete in hurdles at the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics, but has decided to pass on the indoor track season.
“I just came out here and kind of needed to get away from track for a bit, kind of wanted to get some motivation,” Jones said. “I thought coming out here with the other girls that we could help each other, we could benefit from one another. I could help them with their speed and they could help me with my strength. And just being around them, hearing their goals gave me new goals and refreshed me.”
Congrats to Lolo for making the team!