From Lolo Jones, February 2013: “Trying to out do the Victoria secret model next to me. #PoseOff.”
Jones has enjoyed a celebrity-like profile in the media. The 31-year-old endured a difficult upbringing to excel at the 100m hurdles, and she was the hard-luck story at the 2008 Olympics when she hit the ninth hurdle while leading and stumbled to a seventh-place finish. Jones fought back to make the team in London 2012 but placed fourth in that final. Though battered and bruised, Jones’ dream of winning an Olympic medal was not dead, and she decided to take up bobsledding to try and get on the Olympic podium. Sprinters have made the transition before, but it is not an easy one. Jones, who has profited from her looks with several endorsement deals, can be a polarizing figure, and she didn’t endear herself to her new fraternity when she dissed the pay that bobsledders earn earlier this year. That said, she is still in the mix to get on the plane to Russia, and her dream is still alive. The following slides will give you a taste of what she has done to get to this point.