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Lolo Jones seeks redemption during second Olympic appearance



PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh will be paying close attention to the United States women’s bobsled team for two big reasons.

First, because Rochester-native Lauryn Williams is on the team.

The other reason is because Lolo Jones is on the team.

Jones’ most recent Olympic experience in Beijing is one she’d like to replace.

“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 that I know it led me to be here,” Jones said. “It led me to meet a great group of female athletes. We are truly united and bonded and ready to dominate.”

After gaining weight and learning a new sport, the former runner who was once reliant on the strength of one is now part of a team.

“Our goal the entire season has been to sweep the podium and we have done it once this season,” Jones said.

According to Jones, the women’s bobsled team calls itself the wolfpack.

“I learned so much 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. They lifted me up and encouraged me to never give up on this Olympic dream,” Jones said.