Hurdler turned bob sledder Lolo Jones admitted to HBO’s Real Sports, in an interview that will air Tuesday, that she only joined the U.S. bobsled team because she’s desperate for a medal.
“If I won a freakin’ medal – if I won any medal – I would not be a bobsledder,” she said. “Absolutely not. Are you kidding me? No. No!”
Jones, who was on her way to gold at the Beijing Games before tripping on the penultimate hurdle, has actually been pretty successful on the bobsled track. She finished second along with driver Jazmine Fenlator at her debut at an event in Lake Placid, and won gold in the mixed team event at the World Championships in St. Moritz.
“I’m so desperate. Desperate…” Jones added. “And you know the hard question will be is if I get a medal for bobsled, and I get a medal finally for track, which would I love more?”
Jones probably won’t have to worry about that question too much, since time is running out on her chance to win a summer medal after she finished fourth in London and will be edging toward 34 in Rio. But she’s already back training for the upcoming Diamond League season, so you never know.
Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, recently met former soccer star David Beckham at a restaurant.
Both global sporting icons posted similar photos on social media with similar captions Monday morning.
Beckham played midfield for Manchester United, and Bolt is a longtime fan of the soccer club.
Bolt, who is planning on retiring after the 2017 World Championships, was recently asked about the possibility of Manchester United while hosting a Facebook Live.
“If I had the chance to play for Manchester United, I would go right now,” he said, laughing. “I would retire and start playing futbol right now. That’s how much I really want to play for Manchester United.”
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was running down the open field when he encountered Chicago Bears safety Chris Prosinski.
Prosinski went low and Elliott, a high school state champion in the 110m and 300m hurdles, decided to go high and hurdle the defender:
The track and field community took notice of Elliott’s hurdle.
Lolo Jones, a 100m hurdler who competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, gave Elliott grades of an A++ for difficulty and an A for technique on Twitter. She wrote that it “hands down would’ve been best NFL hurdle technique of the yr.” if a second Bears defender, Jonathan Anderson, hadn’t prevented Elliott from landing cleanly:
Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 2008 Olympic champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m hurdles, also had a positive review of Elliott’s efforts:
Emma Coburn, the 2016 Olympic 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist, thought Elliott’s leap resembled her event:
Elliott finished with 30 carries for 140 yards to lead the Cowboys to a 31-17 win during Sunday Night Football.
His mother, Dawn, who was a track and field athlete at the University of Missouri, posted a photo on Twitter to remind everyone where her son inherited his hurling gene from:
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