Maybe now Lolo can prove she’s not a huge Olympic failure.
Lolo Jones Adds Excitement To U.S. Women’s Bobsled Team
She couldn’t get it poppin’ as a track and field star. If she can’t get the medal as a bobsled athlete, well, UPS is hiring…
According to The Gazette:
Lolo Jones wanted to become a push athlete in Olympic bobsled competition.
She knew her ambition would require a big dose of courage. It’s no secret bobsledding can be perilous.
She also knew her ambition would require a more enormous version of Lolo.
Jones had made her name as a slim 130-pound world-class hurdler. She needed to add 30 pounds, at least, to prosper as a pusher.
“I can eat anything,” Jones said late in 2013 as she looked back on her successful attempt to add weight to her frame. “And it’s awesome.”
Jones is the most famous of the athletes who have traveled from other sports to bobsled competition. She is joined on the Olympic team by Lauryn Williams, a gold medal Olympic sprinter, and Aja Evans, who competed in track at Illinois.
On the men’s team, Curt Tomasevicz traveled to the bobsled Olympic team from football. He was raised in Shelby, Neb., on land almost as flat as a pool table. He still found his way, with a stop at Nebraska’s football team, to this mountain sport and lives and trains in Colorado Springs.
“They ask me if bobsledding is fun,” Tomasevicz said, “and I don’t think I could describe bobsledding as fun with freezing temperatures and spandex and wearing only a helmet as protection, it’s not necessarily fun.”
She’s been surprised by the sheer joy of bobsledding. She once spent her days trying to run as fast as she could while clearing hurdles, but has found thrills in her role as, borrowing his words, “the engine” of a bobsled race team.
“Once you get use to the g-force and how it knocks you around, it’s really quite fun,” she said.
Do you think Lolo can get a gold Olympic medal as a bobsled athlete?
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