Hurdler Lolo Jones makes U.S. bobsled team

October 25, 2012

Lolo Jones is going from the track to the ice. (Dylan Martinez / Reuters)

U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones came up just short in her bid to capture a medal on the track at the London Olympics. She’s hoping for a better result on ice.

Jones has made the U.S. bobsled team as one of six push athletes who will vie for spots on the American team at the 2014 Sochi Games.

(Michael Lynch / AP)

Jones was among several U.S. track Olympians who were invited to the trials in Lake Placid, N.Y., in order to “share their Olympics experiences with our athletes and to help boost team morale,” U.S. Coach Todd Hays said (via the Associated Press).

“I’m just trying to take it all in,” said Jones, who had never tried the sport before this month. “It’s a new sport for me and there’s a ton of room for improvement. … I’m coming in here trying to learn everything quickly. I’m looking forward to fixing some things and hammering it out.”

Gold medalist sprinter Tianna Madison also made the cut. The team opens World Cup competition on Nov. 8.

If you’re experiencing mild deja vu, you’re not alone. This whole track athlete-turned-bobsled team member thing has (sort of) happened before.

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