All eyes were on Lolo Jones this morning as the 31-year-old former Olympic track star competed in her first bobsled event at the Sochi 2014 Olympics, but Jones and teammate Jazmine Fenlator placed eleventh on the first day of competition.
Team USA’s first bobsled team, Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams, is in first place today after the first two heats of women’s bobsled. The team set a new track record at the Sochi bobsled course with a time of 57.26 on their first heat.
The teams will have two bobsled runs on Wednesday to determine who will medal.
Jones ran hurdles in the 2012 and 2008 Summer Olympics, narrowly missing a medal in both. She then decided to switch sports, training and then qualifying to compete on the U.S. Olympic bobsled team. The bobsledders will continue the competition with heat two later today, and heats three and four on Wednesday.
Ahead of her 10:15 a.m. event today, Jones posted a Facebook message addressed to bobsled teammate Jazmine Fenlator and to Jones’ fans:
Jaz, I know how hard you worked to get here. I’ve celebrated with you when we both won bobsled medal together and I’ve also shared your frustration when we didn’t. I can’t wait to go in this battle with you. God has already answered our prayers. He took you from sitting on a couch watching the Olympics on tv four years ago to now racing in one and two years ago, he took me sitting on my couch wondering if I should give up on the Olympic dream to now participating in my first Winter Olympics. Thank you to all of our fans who have encouraged us. We read your messages daily. 1 Peter 1:21 “who through him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”