Lolo Jones Selected for Olympics Bobsled Team for 2014 Sochi Games

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Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 10:49 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Lolo Jones became one of 10 athletes to compete in both the summer and winter Olympics, as she has been selected for the U.S. Olympic bobsled team for the 2014 Sochi games, it was announced Sunday.

Jones joins Lauryn Williams, who won a gold medal in the 4x100 relay at the 2012 London Games, as two of the final members of the U.S. team.

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Jones is a two-time world indoor hurdles champion and was a hurdle away from earning a gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, according to Bleacher Report.

"I was definitely very nervous entering the room," Jones told USA Today. "I'm not used to this process. I'm used to looking at the screen after I cross the finish line to see the results. You're anxious and armpits are sweating. You just don't know what's going to happen. My name was called and it was a deep sigh of relief."

Jones, Williams and Aja Evans will be the push athletes/brakemen for the women's team, with Elana Meyers, Jamie Greubel and Jazmine Fenlator operating as the pilots.

Bobsled officials said that it was hardly a given that Jones would make the team. Three-time Olympic bronze medalist Katie Eberling was bumped off the team as a breakman in favor of Jones and Williams.

"We knew heading into the season that the Olympic selection was going to be extremely difficult," United States Bobsled and Skeleton chief executive Darrin Steele said in a statement. "It's a good problem to have, but it meant that some outstanding athletes would not make the Olympic team."

Williams and Greubel won gold in a World Cup race in Austria on Sunday, their first in the World Cup competition. In her three other World Cup races, Williams had two silvers and a ninth-place finish. Jones won two silver medals this season.

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