Jones, who twice competed as an Olympic hurdler before packing on muscle and making the switch to bobsled, was granted a spot on the team over more experienced athletes Emily Azevedo and Katie Eberling. The choice generated a firestorm of negative press for Jones, but she survived the fray thanks to support from her teammates, including driver Elana Myers, who defended the decision to select Jones via an eloquent Jan. 24 Facebook post.
Jones told reporters that the controversy made the entire team, composed of herself, Myers, Jamie Greubel, Aja Evans, Jazmine Fenlator and fellow Summer Olympic crossover Lauryn Williams, closer than they might otherwise have been. They're so close, in fact, that they have a team nickname: the wolfpack. Myers explained the moniker, calling their bond a "tight" one and noting that though they pursue their own interests, they also "have every single person’s back."
Despite the negativity they expressed, Jones took the high road when it came to Azevedo and Eberling's comments. She explained that it's difficult to not make a team, and that she has "to respect what they're going through and just look at it from their point of view."
An avid tweeter, Jones is actively chronicling her time in Sochi via Twitter. She and the rest of the wolfpack will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games beginning on Feb. 18.