Lolo Jones’ selection for the third spot of the U.S. Olympic bobsled team has caused nothing but controversy.
The athlete was chosen for the third spot over fellow bobsledders Emily Azevedo and Katie Eberling. However, many believe that Azevedo or Eberling should have taken that last spot due to their experience and past success. Azevedo was having an incredible season while Eberling has world-championship medals as well as three World Cup medals.
Nevertheless, Lolo Jones was chosen to represent the U.S. over the other two women. Here are three things you should know about her:
- Jones is an incredible track and field athlete: The 31-year-old’s primary sport is track and field, specifically the 60-meter and 100-meter hurdles. Jones’ track and field career has been impressive with gold medals in the 2008 World Indoor Championships in Spain and in the 2010 edition of the same tournament in Qatar.
- She didn’t pick up bobsledding until 2008: Following a disappointing 2008 Olympics campaign where she didn’t win a single medal, Lolo Jones picked up bobsledding to gain weight. The star athlete made the 2012 U.S. national bobsled team and she won gold in a team event with the US at the FIBT World Championships in 2013.
- The track and field star is no stranger to the public limelight: Lolo Jones is a devout Christian and she has been public about her decision to abstain from premarital sex. She’s been in the face of controversy multiple times including last year when she tried to make a joke about the $741 check she won in prize money for sliding. Perhaps her most controversial moment was when she challenged former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrande to a race without knowing he was paralyzed.
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