Lolo Jones, A Real Life Cool Running’s Story?
Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones says she's still planning to compete in hurdles at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Only now, a trip to the 2014 Sochi Games as part of the U.S. bobsled team may come first.
Jones was one of 24 athletes selected to the U.S. bobsled team Thursday. The two-time Olympic hurdler was one of six women's push athletes selected, a group that also includes Olympic sprinting gold medalist Tianna Madison.
Jones and Madison were among a small number of track athletes invited to Lake Placid for bobsled's push championships earlier this month. Now they're realistically in the mix for a shot at the 2014 Sochi Games.
''I just came out here and kind of needed to get away from track for a bit, kind of wanted to get some motivation,'' Jones told The Associated Press. ''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.''
The U.S. skeleton roster will be announced next week after team selection races end in Park City, Utah. World Cup racing for bobsled and skeleton opens in Lake Placid on Nov. 8.
I’m sorry, maybe it has something to do with my age, but I can’t shake the image of ‘Cool Runnings’ out of my head. If someone asks Jones to kiss their lucky egg I just might wet myself.