Lolo Jones picked for US bobsled team
Igls, Austria (SportsNetwork.com) - American track stars Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams are going back to the Olympics -- the Winter Olympics
Jones and Williams were among 15 athletes named to the United States Olympic bobsled team for next month's games in Sochi, Russia.
Nominated as push athletes, Jones and Williams will be the ninth and 10th U.S. athletes to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics.
Jones, a decorated hurdler, will be chasing her first Olympic medal. Williams has two, including a gold.
Jones was on her way to winning the 100-meter hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when she tripped over the second-to-last gate. She placed fourth at the 2012 London Olympics, then took up bobsledding last season, earning two medal performances this season.
Williams ran in the qualifier for the 400-meter relay in London and earned a gold medal when the U.S. team won the final. She won a silver medal in the 100-meter sprint at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
She placed third in last year's U.S. National Push Championships after just three days of training and has claimed three medals in the four competitions she's entered.
The third push athlete on the women's team, Aja Evans, has earned four medals this season.
USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation CEO Darrin Steele called it "the deepest field of push athletes we've ever had."
"We knew heading into the season that the Olympic selection was going to be extremely difficult," Steele said. "It's a good problem to have, but it meant that some outstanding athletes would not make the Olympic team."
Jamie Greubel, Elana Meyers and Jazmine Fenlator earned the other three spots on the women's team as the top three U.S. pilots in international standings.
Greubel and Williams won a World Cup race in Igls, Austria, where the team was announced. Meyers and Evans placed second.
U.S. women have won a medal in every Olympics since the sport was introduced in 2002.
The U.S. men's team had little success until Steven Holcomb piloted his four- man USA-1 sled to a gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics -- the first U.S. Olympic gold medal in men's bobsled in 62 years.
Holcomb and Nick Cunningham will pilot the two U.S. four-man sleds in Sochi and also two of the three two-man sleds. Cory Butner will also drive a two-man sled
Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fogt will be the push crew on USA-1 for Holcomb, who leads the combined and two-man international standings.
Justin Olsen, Johnny Quinn and Dallas Robinson will push Cunningham's sled.
The brakemen for the two-man sleds will be selected from the pool of six push athletes.
01/19 19:04:52 ET