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Lolo Jones wants to try another Winter Olympic sport

Oct 1, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

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Lolo Jones made headlines talking about her protein shake-powered weight gain Monday, but one U.S. coach told her she could have been better in another Winter Olympic sport without packing on pounds.

That would be skeleton, which is bobsled’s sister sport. In bobsled, extra weight and power are necessary to push a 400-pound sled. In skeleton, athletes race individually, on their belly, face first down the same ice track as bobsled.

“I hate to say this, but after the (2014 Sochi) Winter Olympics, I’d like to try skeleton,” Jones said at the U.S. Olympic media summit, according to The Associated Press. “Not anything serious. Just want to go down and see.”

Jones tweeted Sunday she weighed 158.5 pounds, close to her goal weight of 160. A two-time track and field Olympian, she ran the 100-meter hurdles in the 135-pound range.

In skeleton, an athlete and her sled can weigh no more than a combined 203 pounds. The maximum women’s skeleton sled weight is 77 pounds. In that scenario, Jones’ competitive weight would be about 130 pounds, near her track weight. But skeleton weights vary as some athletes prefer heavier sleds.

The top U.S. women sliders are Katie Uhlaender and Noelle Pikus-Pace, who weigh 135 pounds and 160 pounds, according to the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation website.

The 2013 world skeleton champion, Great Britain’s Shelley Rudman, told the Independent she’s put on one stone (14 pounds) since February.

Jones is expected to return to track and field and give the Rio 2016 Olympics a run, but who knows, maybe skeleton is in the cards for Pyeongchang 2018. Jones would be 35 years old.

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  1. millertime1101 - Oct 1, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    im 5’7 male 26 and im 160 so… no

  2. ferrell5 - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    enough already. we know you want to stay relevant.

  3. phil954 - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    She’s trying anything she can to get a gold medal I guess…

  4. mogogo1 - Oct 1, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Whether she means to or not, Lolo does a disservice to all these winter sports she talks about. She showed up in bobsled and immediately made fun of how they don’t earn much money. Now, she’s just going to give skeleton a try…because it’s not like the real racers have devoted years to it, or anything. You get the vibe that she really believes there’s some sport she can just fall into and win a medal without a whole lot of effort.

    • one4u2cee - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      My thoughts exactly! While I`m sure she is a very dedicated and above average athlete, she doesn`t seem to have that level needed to achieve a gold medal. What gets me is that she is a millionaire off of endorsements and sponsorship when she hasn`t ever achieved gold medal status. Now she joins a team sport because it increases her chance to get that gold. I also, thought her complaining about the pay she is receiving as a bob-sledder was uncalled for since, The rest of her teammates probably don`t have the money she already has.

  5. cyranoonline - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Lolo Jones was the best female hurdler in the world in 2008, and was leading the Olympic final until she tripped over the last two hurdles. She has consistently been among the top five hurdlers in the world for the last six years. Hurdles are contested by more people in the world than all of the winter Olympic events combined (with the exception of hockey). Winter Olympic sports are largely a wealthy or Northern European activity. Lolo did not complain about the financial support she received for her own benefit but in the hopes of improving the support for the winter sports athletes in general. sounds like you’re mostly just jealous that she can out perform 99% of you.

    • mogogo1 - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      Well, it wasn’t just her remarks about the money. She also got into a bar fight with the daughter of a bobsledding legend and she flat-out said she’d never even haveconsidered bobsled if she could have won a gold in track. Are other bobsledders floating the idea of trying out skeleton just for fun? Or are they committed to their own sport? She just gives the impression that she’s not really that into bobsledding. Consequently, there’s no reason to take her very seriously.

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