American Olympian: Lolo Jones

Lolo Jones, a two-time summer Olympian, has impressively been named to the 2014 U.S. Winter Olympic bobsled team. Check out her road to Sochi.

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Lolo Jones will be competing in Sochi as part of the US bobsledding team. However, her Olympic dreams had previously been set on her track and field career. Click through to see this Olympian's long journey to Sochi.
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Celebrated hurdler turned bobsledder Lolo Jones and teammate Jazmine Fenlator in USA-3 are currently 11th after two runs of women's Olympic bobsled.. Jones took up bobsled to keep chasing her dream of winning a medal after failing in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Games.
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United States' Lolo Jones celebrated with the American flag after winning the gold medal of the Women's 60m hurdles during the Athletics World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain on March 8, 2008. Jones has had an illustrious career in Track and Field, but she never quite reached her goal: a gold medal at the Olympic games.
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Jones cried after the women's 100-meter hurdles final at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. On her way to gold, Jones clipped the second-to-last hurdle, ending up in seventh-place. As she stumbled toward the finish line, she saw the blur of other runners speed past her as her dreams of gold evaporated.
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She worked through a long mental and physical recovery after her trip on the ninth hurdle at the Beijing Olympics, and now she is on her way to reclaim the gold that she wanted to win six years ago.
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Lolo Jones celebrated winning gold in the Women's' 60m Hurdles Final during Day 2 of the IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Aspire Dome on March 13, 2010 in Doha, Qatar.
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Two years after Beijing, Jones competed in the 100 meters hurdles during the IAAF Continental Cup in Split, Croatia. Fast forward nearly four years later and Jones, now 29, refuses to allow that one missed hurdle to haunt her.
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Lolo Jones looks on after competing in a preliminary round of women's 100 meter hurdles during Day One of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 22, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon.
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Jones responded tearfully to Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show when asked about a 2012 article from The New York Times which critiqued her as receiving attention more for her image than for her achievements. She said she was brokenhearted that the media had "ripped [her] to shreds."
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The U.S. team brought home 104 medals, 46 of them gold medals, from the games in London. President Barack Obama embraced Lolo while welcoming members of the U.S. Olympic team to the White House September 14, 2012.
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Boblsed coach Todd Hays invited three veterans of U.S. women's Olympic track team, Hyleas Fountain, Tianna Madison and Lolo Jones, to compete in the U.S. women's bobsled push championships on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, so they could "share their Olympics experiences with our athletes and to help boost team morale." Madison and Jones made the team.
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Jones told TODAY that bobsledding is "more about redemption" for her, and that she is grateful for a fresh start and the team's encouragement to never give up on her dream of gold. USA pilot Jazmine Fenlator, left, and brakewoman Jones start a practice run for the women's bobsled World Cup Nov. 7, 2012. They earned silver at the event.
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Jones had to put on 30 pounds of muscle for the sport, which requires a different body shape and diet than the one she was used to following in her Track career. Fenlator, right, and brakewoman Lolo Jones posed for photographers after their second-place finish in the women's World Cup bobsled competition in Lake Placid, N.Y.
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Lolo Jones attended DIRECTV'S Seventh Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana, alongside other famous athletes and celebrities.
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Lolo Jones competed in the women's 100m hurdles event at the Golden Gala IAAF athletic meeting at Rome's Olympic stadium on Thursday, June 6, 2013. Jones finished in second place at the event.
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In 2009, Jones posed naked for "The Body Issue" of ESPN The Magazine among other renowned athletes, showing off her muscles and the hard work it took her to get into prime competitive shape. Here, she arrives at the ESPYs party at the Lure Nightclub on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in Los Angeles.
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Hurdler and bobsledder Jones spoke to reporters during a news conference at the USOC 2013 team USA media summit Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Park City, Utah.
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Lolo Jones warmed up before the United States women's bobsled team trials on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, in Park City, Utah.
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USA bobsled teammates Lolo Jones and Jazmine Fenlator installed the runners on their sled before the start of the bobsled selection runs at the Utah Olympic Park October 25, 2013 in Park City, Utah.
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Jones looked on after racing in the United States women's bobsled team trials on Oct. 25, 2013, in Park City, Utah. Jazmine Fenlator and Jones came in third place.
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Brakewoman Lolo Jones and her bobsled pilot Jazmine Fenlator reacted to their third place finish during the bobsled selection runs at the Utah Olympic Park October 25, 2013 in Park City, Utah. Their two-run combined time was 1:39.92. The two were both nominated to the women's Olympic bobsled team with Fenlator as driver and Jones as push athlete.
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Jones is hooked on bobsledding. Not only did the Olympic hurdler survive and enjoy her first season with the U.S. national team, but she is committed to a more promising run at the 2014 Sochi Games.
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Jones is determined to win a medal at this year's Winter Olympics to fulfill her career-long ambition and overcome her 2008 upset. Elana Meyers (left) and Lolo Jones of United States posed on the podium after their second place finish during the FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Cup on January 5, 2014 in Winterberg, Germany.
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