Lolo Jones: From Olympic Hurdler, to Bobsledder, to Bar Fighter

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Wednesday, 17 Jul 2013 10:59 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Lolo Jones, Olympic hurdler turned bobsledder, won't be punished by the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation for the bar fight she reportedly got into with the stepdaughter of one of the sport's Hall of Famers over the weekend.

Witnesses said Jones, 30, got into an altercation with Tony Carlino's stepdaughter, whose name was not released, in the early hours of Saturday morning at Roomers, a nightclub in Lake Placid, N.Y. Despite earlier reports that claimed Jones "knocked out" the woman, sources said the former Olympian pushed her to the ground, according to Deadspin.com.

The USBSF is not expected to penalize Jones for the fight.

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"That could change if new information emerges, but I’m not expecting that to happen at this point," Darrin Steele, head of the USBSF, told The Associated Press late Tuesday. "It's a good reminder of why our athletes need to avoid putting themselves in situations where things like this can happen."

Carlino, who was inducted into the USBSF Hall of Fame in 2012, manages the federation's training complex just outside of Lake Placid and also coaches. He has not returned requests for comment on the alleged fight.

Jones was the favorite to win the 100 m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but tripped in the finals. She made the switch to bobsledding in 2012 and won gold at the World Championships with the U.S. women's team in January. She is currently training for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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Jones stirred up some controversy last month when she posted a video on Twitter complaining about a $741 paycheck she received for her bobsled training.

"Seven months with bobsled season. The whole season. That's it," Jones said in the Vine video, holding up the check. "I'm going to be a little late on my rent this month."

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