Lolo Jones believes that if you don’t succeed, you might as well try something else.
The Team USA Track & Field star came up just short of the podium in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, finishing in fourth place. Currently at the age of 30, Jones won’t be fit to compete by the time the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games roll around.
Instead of calling her athletic career quits without a medal, though, she’s attempting to extend it by switching sports.
The Associated Press reported (via The Wall Street Journal) that Jones is currently competing for a spot on the U.S. bobsled team. She was one of a handful of track athletes that were invited to compete by the squad’s coach, Todd Hays, and posted an impressive time in Saturday's races. Jones, who was part of a duo that finished in second place, said the following after her bobsled debut:
"I'm just trying to take it all in," Jones said. "It's a new sport for me and there's a ton of room for improvement... I'm coming in here trying to learn everything quickly. I'm looking forward to fixing some things and hammering it out."
If Jones could somehow make the bobsled team, the hype would be historic. Her Olympic failures have been well documented, and another chance for her to medal would be the story of the upcoming Games.
Is Jones a legitimate threat to make the bobsled team?
Well, at least for the American media.
Despite never winning a medal at the Olympics, Jones is still one of this decade’s most talented and publicized female hurdlers. If she can seamlessly transition to bobsledding, she would prove to be one of the most versatile female athletes in recent history as well.