Winter Games Athletes
One of the most recognizable names in track and field, Jones made the switch to bobsled after the 2012 Summer Olympics. She will push Jazmine Fenlator's USA-3 sled in Sochi. In what was originally thought of simply as a way to bring in an accomplished world-class athlete to boost morale, US women's coach Todd Hays invitation to Jones has turned out to be so much more. She proved she belonged with two medal performances this season and joins teammate Lauryn Williams as only the ninth Americans to compete in both the winter and summer addition of the Olympics. Her selection, however, didn't sit well with Katie Eberling, who was in the running for the spot that went to Jones. ''I feel this year there was a certain agenda,'' Eberling told USA Today Sports. ''It's no fault of my teammates. There's been a lot of inconsistencies and that makes you wonder what's going on. It's not right.'' A hurdler on the past two Olympic teams in the Summer Games, Jones isn't the first track athlete to attempt the transition to bobsled - but she is the most well-known. Although she is an accomplished track athlete with three NCAA titles at LSU, a three-time USA indoor champion and a two-time world indoor champion, an Olympic medal has thus far eluded her. She finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles at London in 2012 after she tripped on the penultimate hurdle, and finished seventh in Beijing in 2008. Named to the national bobsled team in October 2012, Jones won silver with pilot Fenlator the following month in her first World Cup event. She also took gold in the team event at the FIBT World Championships and bronze in a team event at the Igls World Cup. Jones normally weighs around 130 pounds when training for track, but to be an effective brakeman, she was told to bulk up. A 9,000-calories-a-day diet has helped her add 30 pounds as she tries to reach an ideal weight of 162. Jones has said she still plans to compete in track at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.