Hurdler Lolo Jones named to US bobsled team

Lolo Jones
Lolo Jones is one fine bobsled athlete. She even somehow makes that ridiculous outfit look good.
Credit: Getty Images

Lolo Jones is no stranger to a drama-filled sports career, so she’ll likely have no problem dealing with the competition that lies ahead of her.

Jones won infamy — but no Olympic medals — over the past two Summer Games, but now she’s just one step away from qualifying for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She was named to the final nine athletes, six of which are pushers, on the U.S. bobsled team.

Jones is one of those six push athletes, meaning she’s more or less a sprinter on ice, who jumps in the back and is along for the two-person ride with the driver after the all-important start.

Lauryn Williams, who was recruited by Jones and has had much more track success than Jones, is also one of the push athletes chosen. Williams won the silver in the women’s 100-meter in Athens in 2004 and ran in the qualification round for the gold medal-winning 4×100-meter relay in London last year.

Jones, of course, is known largely for her off-track life. She was an inspirational favorite in 2008 when she rose to the top of the hurdles world despite growing up with a single mother and jailed father and at times homeless. She became a tragic figure in Beijing when she tripped over the ninth hurdle in the 100 meters while she was in first place.

But somehow she became hated over the next four years due to the attention she was getting despite no longer being a top contender. The New York Times wrote a particularly mean-spirited article about her image leading up to the London Games. She barely qualified for the 2012 U.S. team, but she made the final only to finish fourth.

And yes, she’s a virgin and, no, she’s not going to date Tim Tebow.

I, for one, am pulling for her to make the final three push athletes in Sochi. It would be great to see her with one more story of Olympic redemption.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports. He is single and has no problem accepting phone calls from Jones.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Train selfie star who got kicked in the…

  A 22-year-old Canadian man who posted a video of himself getting kicked in the head by a train conductor is set to cash in…

National

Call of Duty hoaxer blamed for $100K SWAT…

A heavilly-armed SWAT team and an army of police officers stormed a Long Island home fearing a grisly double homicide – only to find it…

National

Minnie Driver tweets naked celebrity snap to 'shut…

Actress Minnie Driver has responded to bitchy critics who sniped about her bikini body by Tweeting a naked picture of herself. The 44-year-old star of…

National

American middle classes no longer world's richest (guess…

America's middle classes are no longer the richest in the world – having been overtaken in the wealth stakes by their Canadian counterparts. For almost…

The Word

Lupita Nyong'o is People's Most Beautiful

Congratulations to Lupita Nyong'o, officially the most beautiful human on the face of planet Earth (2014 season).

Television

John Turturro tags in for Robert De Niro…

The cast of the courtroom drama miniseries has undergone yet another shift. Following Robert De Niro's exit, the cable network has brought in John Turturro…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 22: 'Glee,' 'Agents…

'Glee' Rachel makes her Broadway debut in "Funny Girl." Remember when she was just a high school drama nerd? FOX, 8PM 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'…

The Word

Lindsay Lohan's big, drunk interview

Lindsay Lohan appears to be completely off the wagon now, if Kode magazine's chronicle of her trip to Coachella is any indication. According to the…

NBA

Nets settle for 1-1 series tie with Game…

DeMar DeRozan, who was an All-Star this season, hit two huge jumpers back-to-back to give the Raptors an 89-85 lead over the Nets with 2:10 to play.

NHL

Rangers reclaim home ice with Game 3 road…

The Rangers jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the first period for the second straight game. This time, they held on.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Brewers best in baseball, Dodgers,…

MLB Power Rankings: Brewers best in baseball, Dodgers, Cardinals, Yankees surge. The A's, Braves, Rangers, Giants and Rockies are also in the top 10.

NBA

Jason Kidd reacts to Mike Woodson being fired…

Jason Kidd played for Mike Woodson last year and Joe Johnson spent four seasons being the main focus on offense for Woodson in Atlanta.

Wellbeing

How to burn off all that Easter candy

Sorry to be a buzzkill, but you can't eat chocolate eggs and Jelly Bellys forever.

Food

Powdered alcohol: 5 things to know about 'Palcohol'

What's the deal with powdered alcohol? Here's what you need to know about Palcohol.

Travel

Travel hacks: 6 tips on living out of…

Lynne Martin shares her travel hacks on living out of just two suitcases.

Wellbeing

Tough Mudder pro gives tips on conquering a…

Learn hacks from head designer Nolan Kombol.