Lolo Jones, a two-time Olympic hurdler, officially became a member of this season’s U.S. bobsled team on Thursday, along with 23 other world class athletes. This selection gives her the chance to vie for a spot on the World Cup circuit this winter and, possibly, compete on the international stage again at the 2014 Sochi Games.
The past couple of months have not been very kind to Jones, who was criticized by even some of her own track teammates at the London Games for all the attention she receives whenever she is around. She was favored to win the gold-medal favorite before hitting a hurdle and finishing seventh at Beijing in 2008, then managed only a fourth-place finish in London this summer. In Lake Placid she has been trying to keep an extra low profile, asking her teammates is they are comfortable having her around.
“I didn’t have a lot of time to get to know Lolo through the media,” U.S. women’s bobsled coach Todd Hays said. “These three weeks, I’ve gotten to know her as an athlete. And she surprised me every day with how dedicated she is. The one word I keep coming back to is, she’s such a competitor. She cannot accept not being good at something. She gets up earlier than everybody else, goes to bed later, constantly trying to get better.”
Signed, Isidori Mtabo