Lolo Jones is among nine women chosen to represent the United States bobsledding team, and the former Olympic hurdler has the chance of making her way to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The Associated Press reports:
Lolo Jones is a step closer to the Sochi Games, and Lauryn Williams might not have raced in her final Olympics after all.
Jones and Williams are best known for their track accomplishments, Jones as one of the world’s elite hurdlers and Williams as an NCAA champion and Olympic gold medalist sprinter.
They were among nine women chosen Saturday for the U.S. bobsled national team, putting them squarely into the mix for spots in Sochi in February.
U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation CEO Darrin Steele called the team ”the fastest and most prepared group of athletes we’ve ever seen.”
”It was difficult to narrow the women’s push field to six and it will be even more challenging to select the top three for the Olympic team in a few months,” Steele said in a statement shortly after Saturday’s announcement was made in Park City, Utah. ”The hard work and dedication has paid off and I couldn’t be more proud of all these athletes.” …
Jones is on the women’s national team for the second straight season established herself quickly last season on the World Cup circuit. Williams is a rookie who was largely recruited by Jones, especially after the former Miami Hurricane star announced her retirement from track not long after helping the U.S. win the 4×100-meter relay gold medal at the London Olympics.
Jones finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles at the London Games and four years earlier in Beijing was in position to win gold when she hit the ninth of 10 hurdles and wound up seventh.
”Last year I was just soaking everything in. It was an adventure, it was fun, it was nothing really on the line for me,” Jones said. ”It was just kind of an escape and there were no expectations. So now coming into my second year, they expect me to be more knowledgeable and more of a leader.”
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