Lolo Jones Continues Gold-Medal Dream, Wins Seat on US Olympic Bobsled Team

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterOctober 25, 2012

EUGENE, OR - JUNE 23:  Lolo Jones reacts after qualifying for 2012 Olympics after coming in third in the women's 100 meter hurdles final during Day Two of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 23, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Lolo Jones is a US Olympic bobsledder. 

Let the thought sink in and marinate for a spell before we continue. 

The popular Olympian will have another shot at gold, only it will feature sleds instead of hurdles. Yes, Jones is taking her talents to the Winter Olympics, making us a tad more excited for Sochi than we already were. 

The Associated Press (via ABC News) reports the 30-year-old Olympian who finished fourth in this year's 2012 London Olympics in the 100-meter hurdles won the chance to compete in a completely different sport. 

Jones was selected to be one of six women's push athletes alongside fellow track athlete Tianna Madison, who won gold in the 4x100-meter relay in London. 

Jones explains that she came out for the trial as a means to get away from disappointment. 

I just came out here and kind of needed to get away from track for a bit, kind of wanted to get some motivation. 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.

Instead she came away with a new gig on an international level. 

Essentially, Jones is living out the plot of the world's favorite movie involving bobsledding and Jamaican Olympic teams, Cool Runnings

When the world of track and field failed to give her a gold medal, she looked to the colder confines of the Winter Olympics.

I would say they should make a movie out of this story, but they already did, and it starred Doug E. Doug. Now I am beginning to think bobsled coach Todd Hays watched one of my favorite movies one too many times. 

As for Jones, she is just thrilled to have a chance to compete in the 2014 Sochi Games. And we have to think this jaunt into winter sport certainly erased memories of summer athletic hardships. 

It was definitely a thrill. This is definitely the first time I've made a team and I haven't had to cross the finish line and look at the scoreboard.

There you have it.

The hype, hoopla and hubbub surrounding Jones prior to London this summer will be back in about a year from now, as we ramp up for Sochi. You have been warned. 

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