For the American bobsleigh team, it was selection Sunday, and we now know the names and faces of those who will represent the United States in Sochi.
For the women, Jamie Greubel, by virtue of her strong showing in the last year of international competition, will lead the first of three, two-woman sleds at the Winter Games. She will be joined by Elana Meyers and Jazmine Fenlator as pilots.
Greubel and Meyers capped off a successful 2014 Bobsleigh World Cup this past weekend in Igls, Austria, by securing the gold and silver medals. For Greubel, it was her first victory in Europe, and she'll be looking to bring home a more significant piece of hardware at the Winter Games.
The women's pushers, however, are likely to become the dominant story. Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams, who have both qualified for the Summer Olympics in track in the past, were both selected for the American team. They will be joined by Aja Davis.
Jones, a 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympian who famously fell on the hurdles when she seemed destined for gold in track, will look to find her Olympic happy ending. She's an interesting story, having appeared in ESPN The Magazine's "Body" issue, and she made headlines for telling the world she'll remain a virgin until married.
Teaming with Fenlator, Jones began today in 11th place in the World Cup, but they rallied for a strong second heat to move up into seventh, and apparently secure their selection for the team.
On the men's side, Steven Holcomb, Nick Cunningham and Cory Butner will pilot the two four-man sleds, and they'll be joined by Cory Butner as a pilot for the three two-man sleds.
The remainder of the U.S. mens four-man team is comprised of Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fog—who will join Holcomb on USA-1—and Justin Olsen, Johnny Quinn and Dallas Robinson, who will join Cunningham on USA-2.
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