Posted January 19, 2014

Lolo Jones, Lauryn Williams chosen for the U.S. women’s bobsled team

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Lolo Jones took up bobsledding after the 2012 London Olympics. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Lolo Jones took up bobsledding after the 2012 London Olympics. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Track stars Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams have been chosen to be a part of the U.S. women’s bobsled team for the Winter Olympics, according to NBC Sports’ Nick Zaccardi.

Jones and Williams were both members of the U.S Olympic delegation for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, with Williams taking home a gold after running with the 4x100m relay in the qualification round. Jones came in fourth in the 100m hurdles finals at the games. Williams had previously won silver in the 100m dash at the 2004 Olympic games.

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The rest of the U.S. team selected for Sochi are Jamie Greubel, Elana Meyers, Jazmine Fenlator, and Aja Evans.


15 comments
davetheG
davetheG

why must it be about race? lolo took alot of BS when trying out for the sled team, the media harped on her for not medaling in the Olympics, she does modeling, she is outspoken. Maybe the media targets her because she isn't shy of the media and creates a buzz, good or bad a buzz is a buzz, people watch and read. No offense to the others but what have they done to earn the buzz? Most people trying out you never hear about so cut the BS that is all about Lolo-name the skiers that are trying out for the team, or the snowboarders, or skaters? What new snowboard sport is now in Olympics? If you can't answer then maybe the issue is with you and not with the media. All this has been covered in previous articles so if you can't answer don't blame race. Williams earned the spot but she, like the others, have done what to generate buzz about her?

Gotchamojo
Gotchamojo

Lauryn Williams earned it just as much as lolo but where is her picture in the article?  This is exactly what they did when she ran track.  The media put the All American looking female in the spotlight when there were 3 other team members that didn't get any media attention because they were too ethnic.  They were just as good as lolo and when it came crunch time they all beat her leaving her without a medal.  It's the same thing here.  Williams is too ethnic for the media also when she deserves the same attention.  She's accomplished more than jones and have medals to prove it.  God bless America!

davetheG
davetheG

Wow, what haters. The position she won is pusher and one of the biggest skill sets for that position is speed.....psst she was a track and field Olympian-may not have won a medal but to get there does mean she had something, Also, she has won two medals in bobsledding at world events so he evidently has something. 

It is amazing how jealous people are of her-pretty with skills will do that.

MrArlington
MrArlington

This has to make other members of the bobdled team feel like crap. One could read into this and think that it doesn't require a lot of skill and just needs fast runners

Matthew W
Matthew W

Apolo Ono, Michael Phelps, and Shaun White aren't even big enough media wh*res to attempt what Lolo is doing. 

Either she's that desperate for attention, that desperate to infect US Bobsledding with her losing virus, or she needs money that badly....

AJPerko
AJPerko

@davetheG Maybe she also carries herself like a hood rat, is a terrible role model and huge crybaby when she loses?

1sportsfan
1sportsfan

@davetheG I do not think Gotchamojo was jealous of Lolo. There appeared to be  an obvious slight during the  2012 Olympic coverage  when Lolo failed to medal (again) but got more attention than Dawn Harper/Kellie Wells (both darker in complexion) who both earned medals in the hurdles at the 2012 Olympics. I do not understand why Lolo is the "lead" on the article with only her picture---when she has accomplished less than Williams in track and field--Williams has earned Olympic medals and been a World Champion. Williams has won multiple medals bobsledding  this season as well....they are both elite athletes not taking that away...but it is still odd that the person with the "most" wins/better record would be mentioned after an athlete who has accomplished less. If it is not looks, what is the reason? 

mollymeggleston
mollymeggleston

@MrArlington  USA Bobsled has been recruiting sprinters as bobsledders for years. Its even part of the main plot of Cool Runnings (three top Jamaican sprinters become bobsledders). Maybe Lolo really wants an Olympic medal, and has recognized this gives her another chance at achieving this dream. The pushers in Bobsledding do just that, push. The faster and more explosive a runner you are, the faster you can push a sled. She trained hard and placed well in world cup events. Maybe its about competition and not being a media draw.

GoPSULions
GoPSULions

@Matthew WDo you feel the same about multi-sport male athletes?  Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders,.. Go look in college/high-school and you will discover that many of the best athletes play and exceed in multiple sports.  Some are very gifted.

jacqattack
jacqattack

@Matthew W you must not be an athlete. she's competitive and in the best shape of her life. she wants to keep competing and she has the talent to do it in another sport. it has nothing to do with media attention. it's about working hard, pushing the limits and trying to win.

davetheG
davetheG

@1sportsfan@davetheG  It is all about the buzz. Lolo generates buzz and may others do not. Look at Shaun White-he created buzz about getting his haircut. Lolo likes the attention and good or bad responds to it. The others are all worthy of attention but nowadays people want more more more. Lolo got buzz because she said she was a virgin at the olympics and got alot of attention for it. Well, the others need to have something as well to put the spolight back on them. People need a back story because unless they dominate their sport most people will pass them by. Many atheletes are successful in their sport but do not become household names. It takes something else, a back story, wanting the spotlight, etc.

1sportsfan
1sportsfan

@mollymeggleston @MrArlington Maybe  a little of both! :-) Bobsledding could maybe use a little attention--it was Lolo who was complaining about how little her bobsled paycheck was....maybe the TEAM not Lolo can get some money if there is more awareness about the lack of funds. In a few articles Williams has commented about the athletes share food, lift/load/pull their own sleds & equipment, sleep for to a room at times, share all transportation....if two world class track athletes can get funds to team USA --a media draw is not a bad thing. 

1sportsfan
1sportsfan

@davetheG @1sportsfan You are correct about "BUZZ" and people always wanting more.  just seems like from a marketing/business standpoint that an athlete that has consistently performed better would generate "buzz" based on merit. Not hoopla....Lolo is a virgin (pretty sure-she still is), Lolo has opened up the conversation about complexion in all races (the "fair" are seen as more appealing to the eye -blondes/blue eyes, asians with pale complexions, lighter complexion black people etc),   Lolo has been in a bar room brawl, Lolo has walked on in bobsledding and clearly gotten a spot. But for some reason, the backlash about Lolo whether haters or bandwagon riders ...nobody has said anything about her character. I was perusing some of the comments at the end of  an espn article--and it looks as if some of the male athletes of the winter sports-do not think she is a nice person. Character should count too.