Lolo Jones is going back to the track after her first successful season on the bobsled circuit, but says she’s not done with her new winter sport, and plans to compete for a medal next February in Russia.
“When I originally started bobsled, it was just kind of to get away from track for a while, a change of pace…” Jones told the AP Thursday. “And after being in that atmosphere, I got completely engulfed. I would definitely love to be there. It’s not a horrific experience every time I go down in a sled now.
“I want to go to Sochi. I want to help Team USA.”
Jones, better known as the American track star who was all but certain of a gold in Beijing before clipping the penultimate hurdle, is home in Baton Rouge training for another track season, which starts in April. Of all the things she says she already misses about bobsledding, food seemed to be tops on her list.
“Being able to eat ice cream and chocolate and pizza and being encouraged to put on weight was… like nothing I experienced in my life,” Jones, who is back to her running weight, said. “Having somebody tell you that you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want, it was a really refreshing thing for me.”
Lolo and driver Jazmine Fenlator ended the season with a medal in every shade, earning bronze at a World Cup event in Austria, Silver during the season opener in Lake Placid, and gold in the team event at the world championships in St. Moritz. They’ll look to build on that performance next year.
Brad Snyder, who took home three swimming gold medals from the Rio Paralympic Games, threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles game on Sunday.
Snyder, who lost his vision while serving in the U.S. Navy in Afghanistan by stepping on an improvised explosive device, is a native of Baltimore.
He pitched alongside fellow Paralympic swimmer McKenzie Coan, who also claimed three gold medals in Rio.
The Orioles honored two more Paralympians, track and field sisters Hannah and Tatyana McFadden, before Saturday’s game.
Tatyana won six medals in Rio, which tied her with swimmer Jessica Long for the most for a U.S. athlete.
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The gymnasium at Winslow Township (N.J.) High School was renamed Jordan Burroughs Gymnasium on Saturday in honor of the 2012 Olympic wrestling champion.
“I just want people to recognize it’s possible,” Burroughs said to the Courier-Post. “It takes focus, dedication and really, discipline, to get to this high level of success. But like, I did it. From here. These same teachers, these same facilities, this same community. It’s possible. I want people to recognize that.”
Burroughs was a state champion in 2006 at Winslow Township High School. Six years later, he claimed an Olympic gold medal in the men’s freestyle wrestling 74kg division.
In Rio, he lost his quarterfinal match to Russia’s Aniuar Geduev, who went on to earn the silver medal. After the match, an emotional Burroughs referred to the loss as the “hardest day of my life.”
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