This week the United States announced the women’s bobsled team for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, which includes two Summer Olympic athletes: hurdler Lolo Jones and sprinter Lauryn Williams.
Jones was actually talked Williams into trying out for the team, using a medal as bait. Jones, Williams and Aja Evans beat out 6 other women competing for the prized spots on the push-teams.
“I was definitely very nervous entering the room,” Jones said. “I’m usually used to looking up at a screen after I cross the finish line to see the results. You’re just like anxious, armpits are sweating, don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Rounding out the team are drivers Jamie Greubel, Elana Meyers and Jazmine Fenlator.
“This is the deepest field of push athletes we’ve ever had,” said USBSF CEO Darrin Steele. “We knew heading into the season that the Olympic selection was going to be extremely difficult. It’s a good problem to have, but it meant that some outstanding athletes would not make the Olympic Team.”