Jones, Madison medal in bobsled World Cup
INDIANAPOLIS – 2012 Olympians Lolo Jones and Tianna Madison made a quick transition from track and field to bobsled as they both won medals in the World Cup season Opener at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, N.Y.
American indoor record holder Lolo Jones (Baton Rouge, La.) teamed with driver Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) to finish second. Olympic gold medalist Tianna Madison (Samford, Fla.) and her driver Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) claimed bronze.
Jones and Fenlator recorded a combined time of 1:55.33 to finish second behind Kaillie Humphries and Chelsea Valois (1:54.86) of Canada.
“I’m kind of in shock,” Jones said about winning a World Cup medal in her debut. “We’ve been training with the other Team USA members, and it’s been an inner battle within our own team, so I think this is great that we had a great run today on race day.”
When asked what the biggest difference was between running hurdles and pushing a bobsled, Jones responded with, “You’re running on ice.”
“You do not use your arms and you’re relying on somebody else, and I’m not doing anything once I’m in the sled,” Jones said. “The main difference is the fact that it’s a rhythm with somebody else. It takes two, and I’m so used to relying on myself, and now I have Jazmine helping me. I’ve never experienced this level of having a team before- it’s great.”
Meyers and Madison’s sled recorded times of 57.37 and 57.97 seconds to give the team a combined time of 1:55.34.
“I must say that the veterans on the team did an amazing job reaching out to us and just teaching us step by step how we should train and how we should prepare,” Madison said. “I didn’t even know about sled maintenance, so it’s a new world to us, but Elana definitely led the charge that helped bring us all together as a team.”
“First World Cup race, to walk away with a medal, that’s great,” Meyers said. “It was really fun competing with [Tianna].”