Lolo Jones named to U.S. Olympic bobsled team


Jazmine Fenlator (front) and Lolo Jones start their race Sunday. (Kerstin Joensson / AP)

Track star Lolo Jones has been named to the U.S. bobsled team that will compete in the Winter Olympics next month in Sochi.

The Olympic hurdler joins Lauryn Williams and Aja Evans as the three push athlete/brakemen chosen to compete. The drivers picked are Elana Meyers, Jamie Greubel and Jazmine Fenlator. The competition was especially close, with brakeman Katie Eberling, who had three bronze-medal finishes in four World Cup races this season, omitted from the team. Jones has had two second-place finished in four races this season.

“This is the deepest field of push athletes we’ve ever had,” U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation CEO Darrin Steele said in a statement. “We knew heading into the season that the Olympic selection was going to be extremely difficult. It’s a good problem to have, but it meant that some outstanding athletes would not make the Olympic team.”

Earlier in the day, the U.S. bobsledders took three of the top seven spots at a World Cup event in Igls, Austria. Greubel and Williams finished first and Meyers and Evans finished second. Fenlator and Jones were seventh.

Williams, like Jones, has competed in both the Summer and Winter Games. A three-time Summer Olympian, Williams was part of the gold-medal-winning U.S. team in 400-meter relay in London.  Jones has competed in two Summer Games.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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