Lolo Jones Makes US Olympic Bobsled Team

2 track stars complete the switch to Winter Games

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 20, 2014 2:27 AM CST

(Newser) – Lolo Jones and fellow former track star Lauryn Williams are set to make history at the Sochi Olympics as the ninth and tenth Americans to compete in both Summer and Winter Olympics. The two women, who have five Summer Olympics between them, were named as members of the US Olympic Bobsled team after a tense wait last night, reports NBC. "The biggest honor I'll ever have in my life is representing Team USA," says Jones, whose quest to make the team involved plenty of double bacon cheeseburgers. "I'm overwhelmed with emotions."

Jones—who was one hurdle away from winning gold in Beijing and came in fourth at London—will be seeking her first Olympic medal, while sprinter Williams won gold in London and a silver medal at Athens 2004. Jones, who switched to bobsled in the fall of 2012, persuaded Williams to join in her making the switch, ESPN notes. At the Sochi Games, they may be joined by the Jamaican bobsled team, who have qualified for the first time in more than a decade, the Verge reports. But the team's pilot says they still need to raise tens of thousands of dollars in sponsorship cash if they are going to make it to Russia.

Jamie Greubel, left, and Lauryn Williams of the United States pose for media after winning the two-women Bob World Cup race in Innsbruck, Austria on the weekend.
Jamie Greubel, left, and Lauryn Williams of the United States pose for media after winning the two-women Bob World Cup race in Innsbruck, Austria on the weekend.   (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones waits for her run at the US women's bobsled push championships.
Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones waits for her run at the US women's bobsled push championships.   (AP Photo/Michael Lynch, File)
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