US Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones to represent US at Winter Olympics
Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones was named to the Winter Olympic US bobsled team this week.
Lolo tweeted this out after the news broke.
How Team USA bobsled puts on our uniform https://t.co/GmGT50jRbR
— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) January 29, 2014
Now Lolo will represent the US in Sochi.
The Town Talk reported:
On a team that features two gold medal-contending pilots, Steven Holcomb and Elana Meyers, Jones will continue to be the center of attention. In a sport that enters the mainstream every four years, most eyes will be focused on the athlete crouched in the back of the third sled. After all, when it comes to Lolo Jones, it’s best not to look away.
Her two previous trips to the Olympics ended in tears and a bout of depression. In 2008, she was favored to win the 100-meter hurdles and was in the lead when she clipped the ninth of 10 hurdles and stumbled to seventh place. In 2012, she was fourth, a tenth of a second off the podium.
Jones picked up bobsledding shortly after the London Games at Meyers’ suggestion, and Jones’ quest for a medal after such heartbreak probably will be irresistible TV ratings gold. “I think it’s great to have a recognizable face and story line from the Summer Games in the Winter Games,” NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell said.
The notion that the attention she brings influenced her rise is an insult to her hard work and talent, Jones has said. She’s also irked by those who maintain that being a brakeman is as easy as a push and a hop.