Track and field athlete to get another shot at a gold medal in Sochi
She may win a gold medal yet. Lolo Jones, who competed in the hurdles at both the London and Beijing summer Olympic Games, was selected to join the U.S. Olympic bobsled team Sunday night, the Associated Press reports.
Jones, Lauryn Williams and Aja Evans were the three women chosen out of a six-women pool for the push athlete slots on the bobsled team. They join drivers Jamie Greubel, Elana Meyers and Jazmine Fenlator in their trip to Sochi. Jones and fellow summer Olympics vet Williams will become the ninth and 10th Americans to compete in both the summer and winter Olympic games.
The track and field athlete was one hurdle away from winning gold at the Beijing Olympics and came in fourth at the London Games. She took up bobsledding in the fall of 2012, and won the World Cup medal that year in her first race. Jones then convinced Williams, who won the 400-meter relay gold medal in the 2012 Olympics, to join her in bobsled for another possible Olympic trip.
Two hours after the team selection was announced, Jones posted her reaction to Facebook:
Had I not hit a hurdle in Beijing I would not have tried to go to London to redeem myself. Had I not got fourth in London I would not have tried to find another way to accomplish the dream. Bobsled was my fresh start. Bobsled humbled me. Bobsled made me stronger. Bobsled made me hungry. Bobsled made me rely on faith. Bobsled gave me hope. I push a bobsled but bobsled pushed me to never give up on my dreams.