Lolo Jones has been selected to the US bobsled team, giving the sprinter another chance to win the Olympic medal that eluded her during the past two summer games.
Three weeks ago, Lolo Jones was one of a handful of athletes asked to try out for the US bobsled team, and, on Thursday, she was one of the 24 athletes selected to the team. She joins gold medal-winning sprinter Tianna Madison, who was also selected to the team as a push selection, The Associated Press reported.
”I just came out here and kind of needed to get away from track for a bit, kind of wanted to get some motivation,” Lolo Jones told The Associated Press. ”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.”
In the past two summer Olympic games, Jones has come close but been unable to win a medal. Her best chance came in 2008 at Beijing when she led the hurdles final approaching the final two hurdles. But Jones stumbled over the next-to-last hurdle, finishing seventh. Then in 2012 she faltered in London, coming in fourth.
Lolo Jones said she still plans on competing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics as well, but now could have a stopoff at the 2014 Sochi Games first if she makes the final Olympic roster, The Washington Times noted.
”This is a breath of fresh air – cool, very cool, cold air,” Lolo Jones said of making the US bobsled team.