Olympics notebook: Rochester graduate Lauryn Williams picked for bobsled team
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams have been to the Olympics competing in the Summer Games as track stars.
Now, they're going to the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month as members of the U.S. bobsled team. They will become the ninth and 10th Americans to compete in the Summer and Winter games.
Jones, Williams and Aja Evans made the team as push athletes/brakemen and will join pilots Elana Meyers, Jamie Greubel and Jazmine Fenlator in Sochi.
“It's really exciting,” said Williams, a Rochester graduate. “I've enjoyed the challenge of the steep learning curve. It hasn't sunk in yet that there is more to go and that the podium is where we're headed for in Sochi.”
Athletes were informed that they had made the team Sunday in Igls, Austria, at the team's hotel after World Cup races.
“We know what it's like to be at a Summer Olympics,” Jones said. “But we want to make sure we're the most helpful and supportive for our pilots, and hopefully we can have the best performance (in Sochi).”
Brakeman Katie Eberling was left off the team despite three bronze-medal finishes in four World Cup races this season. Jones had two silver medals in four races, and ultimately, bobsled officials liked Jones' chances.
“We knew heading into the season that the Olympic selection was going to be extremely difficult,” United States Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Darrin Steele said in a statement. “It's a good problem to have, but it meant that some outstanding athletes would not make the Olympic team.”
It is a decision that will receive scrutiny and one that the athletes took personally.
“It was hard to hear the announcement and know that girls you've been rocking with the entire season, half of them staying and half of them are going,” Evans said.
Williams, a gold medalist at the 2012 Games, might be the biggest surprise. She didn't take her first run in a bobsled until July.
“I joined bobsled just to be a helper and add positive energy to the team,” Williams. “If my name wasn't called, I wasn't going to be upset. I've enjoyed this journey. I've enjoyed getting to know everyone.”
On the men's side, pilots Steve Holcomb, an Olympic gold medalist in Vancouver, Nick Cunningham and Cory Butner will enter sleds in the two-man race in Sochi. Holcomb and Cunningham will race in the four-man event.
Shaun White locks up halfpipe spot
Shaun White's quest for a historic three-peat is on.
The two-time Olympic halfpipe gold medalist will lead the U.S. team into Sochi for next month's Winter Games. White received an automatic berth on the four-man team by winning the final qualifying event with a score of 96.6 in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
White will be joined by 2010 Olympian Greg Bretz and Olympic newcomers Danny Davis and Taylor Gold.
Kelly Clark will make her fourth Olympic appearance. The 2002 champion will be joined by 2006 gold medalist Hannah Teter, who was a discretionary pick by the selection committee. Kaitlyn Farrington and Arielle Gold also were selected.
Taylor and Arielle Gold are siblings.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Ex-Penguins defenseman Niskanen still miffed by coaches’ firings
- Economy police release sketch of woman whose embalmed head was found in wooded area
- Steelers’ Beachum, Williams hurting but could play vs. Bengals
- Pirates win bidding for Korean infielder
- Gasoline prices keep falling in Western Pa.
- Rossi: Steelers rising fast in mediocre AFC
- Marcellus driller Vantage Energy to pay nearly $1M for Greene County well problems
- WPIAL players named to Class AAA, A all-state teams
- Penguins’ Sutter, Downie, Greiss being tested for mumps, out tonight
- Heyward, swarming defense get best of Chiefs in Steelers’ win
- North Korea experiencing severe Internet outages