Lolo Jones in Bed With Flu-Like Illness Instead of on US Bobsled

Monday, 10 Feb 2014 01:43 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Lolo Jones was released from a "quarantine room" in Sochi this week but is still recovering from an illness ahead of her winter Olympic debut next week.

Jones, 31, was suffering flu-like symptoms and had been recovering in a single room away from her teammates for the last few days, reported.

Jones must be on the mend though, as U.S. ice dancer Alex Shibutani poked fun at her with a tweet of his own.

Jones was the track and field favorite to win gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but she tripped over a hurdle during the 100-meter and ended up with a seventh-place finish. In London in 2012, she took fourth place in the 100-meter hurdles.

After the Beijing Games, Jones took up bobsledding in addition to her track and field events. She was named to the U.S. bobsled team in 2012 and took gold in the team event at the World Championship in 2013.

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She was named as a U.S. delegate to the 2014 Sochi Games on Jan. 19 along with five other women — a decision that drew some scrutiny as many veteran bobsledders were overlooked.

She's scheduled to ride with pilot Jazmine Fenlator in Team USA's No. 3 sled when the women's bobsled competition begins next week.

In the event that Jones is too ill to compete, team alternate Katie Eberling will ride in her place.

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