Lolo Jones has a cold.
Zaccardi reports that the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation is calling the illness “nothing major,” but it would appear certain steps were taken to ensure that other Olympic athletes weren’t exposed to the sickness.
Jones sent out a tweet Sunday night claiming that she had just been released from a “quarantine room” in the Olympic village. Apparently, it was nice to have a single room for a change, although she would’ve enjoyed having a puppy around to help her pass the time:
Just released... been in quarantine room in Olympic village.Single room was nice just wish I had one of those stray dogs to keep me company— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) February 10, 2014
The former Olympic hurdler appears to be in relatively high spirits. She countered a teasing tweet from American ice dancer Alex Shibutani with a wry response:
Indeed, Jones might be feeling better, but now she walks the streets of Sochi, spreading disease and ruin wherever she goes.
Jokes aside, the bobsleigh women’s event doesn’t begin until February 18, meaning Jones has time to rest and recover before competing. According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, she will be racing in the U.S. team’s No. 3 sled with pilot Jazmine Fenlator.
That said, the word “quarantine” is rarely a term you want to hear days before Olympic competition. Hopefully Jones will be able to make a full recovery and show she’s earned her spot at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
In the meantime, we’ll be on Lolo Watch. She’s wandering around the Olympic village like a gray-faced ghost and spooking her compatriots.
Don’t be surprised if her teammates see those baggy eyes and kindly ask her to spend another night in sweet, lonely solitude.
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