In a scene straight out of the movie ‘Cool Runnings’ US track star Lolo Jones is in the running to be a member of the US Bobsled team that will compete in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Lolo Jones competed in the 110 meter hurdles for the US Track & Field team at both the Beijing and London Summer Games. In Beijing she finished fourth after clipping the last hurdle with the lead and losing her momentum. She again finished fourth in London, clearing every hurdle.
The idea behind track stars as bobsleders comes from the push and power in the legs of the track stars. It is believed that the track athletes can help get a faster start for the sled which can be the difference in the finish.
Jones will be accompanied on the team as a push athlete by fellow Olymipian, sprinter Tianna Madison. Madison ran the opening leg of the 4×100 meter relay that won the US gold in London.
The team was announced in Lake Placid, New York Thursday.
U.S. Coach Todd Hays believes that veteran Olympians would also help bring some extra attention to the sport as well as help some of the younger competitors to get a feel for what it will be like to be an Olympian.