By Thomas Albano
Former track and field star now turned bobsledder, Jazmine Fenlator, ’07, currently in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Games, will be paired with Olympic runner Lolo Jones as her brakeman.
It was announced on Feb. 9 that Fenlator and Jones will be in the USA-3 sled in Sochi. They will be joined by pilot Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams in the USA-1 sled and pilot Jamie Greubel and brakeman Aja Evans in the USA-2 sled.
Jones and Williams will be the ninth and tenth Americans to compete in both Summer and Winter Olympics. Jones is competing in her first Winter Games after making the Summer Olympics in both 2008 (Beijing) and 2012 (London). She did not medal. Williams, on the other hand, won a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Games in the 100-meter and a gold medal in the 2012 games in the 4×100 meter relay.
Together, Jones and Fenlator won the silver medal at a 2012 bobsledding World Cup event in Lake Placid, N.Y. The pair also placed seventh in Igls, Austria, eighth in Koenigssee, Germany, and 15th in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in other World Cup bobsledding races.
The 2014 Olympic women’s bobsled competition will take place Feb. 18-19. The event will be held at the Sliding Center Sanki, in Rzhanaya Polyana, Russia, 37 miles away from Sochi.
American women have medaled in each of the three Winter Games that included the two-woman bobsled competition.