Lolo Jones, the track and field star
who is currently competing for the U.S. bobsled team, has gained 24 pounds of muscle in preparation for the upcoming 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games
Jones, who weighed 133 pounds during her track and field days, is a few pounds shy of reaching her goal weight of 160 pounds, as she transitions from being a speedy track runner to pushing a 400-lb sled down an iced track.
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"I'm the heaviest ever in my life," Jones told USA Today Sunday
, after proudly weighing in at 157 pounds. "It took so much work. I'm three pounds away from my ultimate goal."
The Olympic star is reportedly bulking up by consuming up to 9,000 calories a day. Her weight gain has been so rapid that a tight-fitting speed suit that fit two weeks ago tore when she tried to put it on again.
"I'm pumped about this muscle weight," Jones told USA TODAY Sports. "My abs are still there. I'm still cut, just super solid."
So how'd she gain the weight? Jones said she drank two protein shakes a day, each of which consisted of 1,365 calories. She also made routine late night visits to McDonald's for double bacon cheeseburgers.
Apparently Burger King's lower-calorie French fries
were not part of her diet.
"Pilots don't like these skinny brakemen so they feel like they're pushing more weight than they have to," Jones told USA Today, adding that the in bobsledding world, the mantra is "mass pushes mass."
Despite her dedication to the sport, Jones has yet to make the team. The trials begin Oct. 12 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
In June, Jones faced backlash from others
competing for the team after she posted a short video clip complaining about the relatively paltry paycheck she received for the training thus far.
In the video, Jones shows a $741.84 check that she earned for her training.
"Seven months with bobsled season. The whole season. That's it . . ." she said. "I'm going to be a little late on my rent this month."
Jones, who has numerous endorsements from her track and field career, later said she never intended to offend anyone with the remark.
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"I want to go to Sochi. I want to help Team USA," she told the Associated Press.
Jones isn't the only Olympian competing to be on this year's U.S. bobsledding team. Other athletes include Lauryn Williams, a 2004 U.S. Olympic silver medalist in the 100 meters, as well as Fenlator and Aja Evans, both former college track athletes, USA Today reported.
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