Lolo Jones says bobsled team 'lifted' her up after 2012 Olympics

Lolo Jones says bobsled team 'lifted' her up after 2012 Olympics

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Dec 7, 2013; Park City, UT, USA; Lolo Jones, left, and Jamie Greubel of the United States during the IBSF women's bobsleigh World Cup at Utah Olympic Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Urquhart-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-164516 ORIG FILE ID: 20131207_gav_ub4_297.jpg

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by NINA MANDELL / USA Today

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Posted on January 21, 2014 at 10:29 PM

Lolo Jones appeared on The Today Show Tuesday morning, days after officially being named to the US bobsled team competing in Sochi. She discussed learning a new sport, gaining weight in order to be a stronger competitor and surviving the spectacular crashes. But the most heartfelt part of the interview came when she talked about her new life as a bobsledder.

“I think it’s even more about redemption,” she said. “I learned so much from when I walked into that Olympic training center in Lake Placid and met the bobsledders. They embraced me at one of the lowest points in my life. I was just coming off the Summer Games and I was pretty depressed and they lifted me up and day by day they encouraged me to never give up on this Olympic dream.

“So they really did give me a fresh start. I know you can’t change the past, but knowing I hit a hurdle and got fourth place, I wouldn’t change it for the fact I know it led to me to be here.”

Jones, whose track and field teammates memorably slammed her during the 2012 Olympics, said she really enjoyed being part of the bobsled team. “There’s a bible verse that says two is better than one and when one falls, another can lift them up.”

She then revealed that the team calls themselves “The Wolfpack”.

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