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Lolo Jones named to U.S. national bobsled team

Track and field star Lolo Jones has made the U.S. bobsled team, just three weeks after taking up the sport.

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Stu Forster

The last we saw Lolo Jones, she was finishing fourth in the women's 100m hurdles att the 2012 Summer Olympics, missing out on the bronze medal by just 0.11 seconds. (Well, really the last time we saw her was when cameras captured her enthusiastically lip-syncing Oasis' "Wonderwall," but no one wants to remember that.)

And the next time we see her on the world's stage could be at the 2014 Winter Olympics. That's because Lolo Jones has been named to the United States national bobsled team.

Jones will be joined by a teammate from London, Tianna Madison, a 4x100-meter relay Olympic gold medalist. Elana Myers (former GWU classmate of the author!) will pilot USA 1 for the women, while Steven Holcomb will drive the men's USA 1 sled.

"This is a breath of fresh air - cool, very cool, cold air," said Jones, who only just attempted bobsled for the first time three weeks ago.

''It was definitely a thrill,'' Jones said. ''This is definitely the first time I've made a team and I haven't had to cross the finish line and look at the scoreboard.''

The 2014 Winter Olympics are scheduled for February 7-23, in Sochi, Russia.