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Lolo plans to keep on sledding through Sochi

Feb 28, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

Lolo Jones AP

Lolo Jones is going back to the track after her first successful season on the bobsled circuit, but says she’s not done with her new winter sport, and plans to compete for a medal next February in Russia.

“When I originally started bobsled, it was just kind of to get away from track for a while, a change of pace…” Jones told the AP Thursday. “And after being in that atmosphere, I got completely engulfed. I would definitely love to be there. It’s not a horrific experience every time I go down in a sled now.

“I want to go to Sochi. I want to help Team USA.”

Jones, better known as the American track star who was all but certain of a gold in Beijing before clipping the penultimate hurdle, is home in Baton Rouge training for another track season, which starts in April. Of all the things she says she already misses about bobsledding, food seemed to be tops on her list.

“Being able to eat ice cream and chocolate and pizza and being encouraged to put on weight was… like nothing I experienced in my life,” Jones, who is back to her running weight, said. “Having somebody tell you that you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want, it was a really refreshing thing for me.”

Lolo and driver Jazmine Fenlator ended the season with a medal in every shade, earning bronze at a World Cup event in Austria, Silver during the season opener in Lake Placid, and gold in the team event at the world championships in St. Moritz. They’ll look to build on that performance next year.

  1. powercorrupts2 - Feb 28, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    To Lolo:
    Ignore the critics. Muhammad Ali once said that if the critics knew so much about what they were talking about, they would be in the ring taking the punches like he was. You are an incredible role model for your country’s citizens. You have done so much. Come so far. You can justifiably hold your head high. You are a true champion. You embody the true spirit of the Olympics: the struggle of individuals against the odds to achieve their best. And you have done it well. I am sure your mother is very proud of you as well she should be. Your fellow countrymen/women could not ask for a better person to represent them in athletic competition. I thank you – for everything that you are. Please don’t ever lose your high moral standards. There are many who admire you for them. You have something that transcends Olympic medals. Keep it and perform out of who you are and not what you are going for. And never give up. Kudos to you!

  2. charlescub80 - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    It’s not fair being athletic and hot as hell!

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