Lolo Jones is taking her talents to winter sports.
UPDATE: October 25, 11:00 AM EST, by Sam Westmoreland
Well, it appears that Lolo Jones' bid to make the U.S. Bobsled team was more than just a publicity stunt. According to a report from ABC News, Jones has made the cut to be on the team as they attempt to qualify for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Jones told the Associated Press:
"I just came out here and kind of needed to get away from track for a bit, kind of wanted to get some motivation," 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."
Jones is one of the few athletes to make the jump from the Summer to the Winter Games, and it remains to be seen which of the American sleds she'll be a part of, or whether her team will make the Olympics. But, this is a big step for her, and only time will tell how truly successful she'll be.
That may be pushing it just a bit, because Jones merely had a one-day trial for the U.S. Bobsled team.
Before we get all up in a tizzy—and we all know how magnificent tizzies can be—let's measure this by saying the tryout is merely a one-day trial, for now.
"Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones is going to try bobsleds. For at least one day, anyway.
Jones is among a group of Olympic track athletes who were invited and are expected to compete in the U.S. women's bobsled push championships Friday."
This seems to be more a case of one Olympian sharing some wisdom with fellow world competitors as they ramp up training.
Here is more from ESPN's report on the bobsled event.
"Three veterans of U.S. women's Olympic track teams, with Hyleas Fountain fourth (10.01), Tianna Madison tied for fifth (10.04), and Lolo Jones tied for seventh place (10.11).
U.S. coach Todd Hays says he invited Fountain, Madison and Jones to compete so they could share their Olympics experiences with our athletes and to help boost team morale."
Using runners as bobsled athletes, I know I have seen that in a movie before.
Still, I really would have liked to hear Jones sing, "Nuff people say, you know they can't believe, Jamaica, we have a bobsled team. We have one Derice, and the one Lolo..."
As for the pep talk, I could see Jones taking one of the ladies from the bobsled team and telling her to look in a mirror and see a great deal of pride.
It's more than likely that the 2014 Olympics in Sochi will not feature Jones, but we can still day dream of the possibilities.
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