Lolo Jones is packing on the pounds, and she’s proud of it.
Jones, the hurdler turned bobsledder, is sure to be one of the main attractions at the U.S. Olympic Committee Media Summit in Park City, Utah, this week.
She opened the festivities with a weigh-in Sunday night.
Jones, 31, told USA Today she wants to weigh even more, that her goal is 160 pounds. Given her current, diet, she’ll probably hit that number very, very soon. It consists of two daily protein shakes (1,365 calories each) and McDonald’s double bacon cheeseburgers, among other menu items.
As an aspiring Olympic bobsledder, she’s downing 9,000 calories daily to build the muscle to power a 400-pound sled.
Jones has said she weighed about 135 pounds for track and field. She needed to be heavier to be more productive pushing a bobsled and help her chances of being selected for the Olympic team.
She is by no means a lock to get to Sochi.
It’s likely that the U.S. will qualify three women’s sleds for the Olympics. Jones was fourth in the U.S. push athlete pecking order in the 2012-13 World Cup season, her first in the sport after making two Olympic track and field teams.
Her bobsled suit recently ripped down the middle of her stomach, according to USA Today. Again, that’s a good thing.
“I’m pumped about this muscle weight,” Jones told the newspaper. “My abs are still there. I’m still cut, just super solid.”
Coaches told Jones if she gets up to 170, it will hamper her chances of resuming her track career after the Sochi.