Jones joins nine other talented athletes on the U.S. roster. Included are drivers Elana Meyers, Jamie Greubel, and Jazmine Fenlator, who will pilot USA sleds one, two and three, respectively; and fellow bobsled push athletes Emily Azevedo, Katie Eberling, Aja Evans, Kristi Koplin and Lauryn Williams. Williams, like Jones, is a renowned track and field star. She anchored the gold medal winning 4x100 meter relay team at the 2012 London Games, and won silver in the 100 meter dash at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens.
Jones, 31, competed in both the 2008 and 2012 games as a hurdler. Her failure to medal at either event compelled her to switch gears and try out the bobsled. In a March 20 USA Today article, Jones confirmed that her fourth place finish at the London Olympics pushed her to try a new event, admitting that she was "desperate" to come away with "any medal."
Even if the U.S. team performs well enough to earn three spots at the Sochi Games, the field will still need to be trimmed by three push athletes. The best athletes will be chosen based on the results of the World Cup circuit events, which begin Nov. 30. The U.S. team will be revealed in mid to late January.
The women's bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia will take place Feb. 18 and 19. Check local listings for broadcast times as the dates approach.