Jones moved to tears by team mates support

Mon Feb 3, 2014 4:46am EST
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By Karolos Grohmann

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - U.S. track and field star Lolo Jones was moved to tears on Monday as she spoke of the support her bobsleigh team mates had given her after being "thrown under the bus" over her selection for the Sochi winter Olympics.

Critics said the former world indoor 60 meters hurdles champion had been selected more for her looks and popularity than anything else.

Jones, the most high-profile crossover athlete to try her hand at winter sports since former NFL running back Herschel Walker climbed into a sled, said her bobsleigh team mates had been there for her from the start.

"I was thrown under the bus so many times, I was even thrown under the bus by my team mates," said an emotional Jones in a news conference.

"But the bobsleigh team said: 'You are one of us.'"

"From the first week they accepted me, they embraced me, they lifted me up and comforted me."

The 31-year-old is in her second season as a push athlete, or brakewoman, and was picked as the United States goes in search for a first gold medal in two-woman bobsleigh since it was introduced at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002.

"I want to return to the track with my head held high. They (bobsleigh team mates) really gave me a fresh start and they had my back."   Continued...

Women's bobsleigh brakeman Lolo Jones of the U.S. arrives at the Coastal Athletes Village for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/David Goldman/Pool