No matter what you think of Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones and her ability to show up in the media, one thing is for certain: It's difficult to discount Jones' athletic ability.
Most recently, Jones was named to the U.S. Bobsled national team -- after taking up the sport just three weeks earlier.
The sheer athleticism necessary to make a national team in any sport is undeniable, and many athletes practice their entire lives for simply a shot at qualifying. Just three weeks after she began practicing the sport, Jones is a member of the national team -- in her second sport.
Let's not forget that Jones has competed in two Olympic Games, though she has never returned home with a medal. In 2008, the hurdler was the heavy favorite in the 100-meter hurdles event. She was leading in the final when she clipped the ninth hurdle, stumbled, and finished seventh.
Jones endured injuries during the years to follow, and many were impressed that the hurdler was even able to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games. She surprised fans further when she finished fourth in the final of the 100-meter hurdles, narrowly missing out on her coveted Olympic medal.
Now, Jones may be looking for that Olympic medal in another way. The 30-year-old has vowed to return for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, but if all goes well, there is a chance that she could show up at the 2014 Sochi winter Olympic Games first -- though that wasn't her original intent, she said.
"I just came out here and kind of needed to get away from track for a bit, kind of wanted to get some motivation," Jones told The Associated Press.
She added: "This is a breath of fresh air -- cool, very cool, cold air."
Jones was named to the national bobsled team as one of six push athletes, as was fellow 2012 track and field Olympian Tianna Madison. The women are likely to participate in some stops on the bobsled World Cup circuit, which is scheduled to begin Nov. 8 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Sandra Johnson is a longtime fan of Olympic sports. While working for the United States Olympic Committee and living in the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Johnson had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46
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