Jones clears the hurdles to cut it on ice

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By Justin Palmer

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - It has taken time for American Lolo Jones to get to grips with the nuances and technical demands of bobsleigh but the marquee recruit from athletics to winter sports believes she is now at the right end of a "steep learning curve".

Jones, competing at her first Winter Olympics as a brakeman in the USA-3 sled, said making the transition from hurdles to a bobsled track was not easy.

"It's been a steep learning curve, Besides learning how to push a bobsled, then there is maintenance on the bobsled ... we are coming from individual sports so learning to work with someone else can be a challenge," she told reporters.

"I'm a very technical person because I'm a hurdler, that kind of helped me to break it down but I don't think it's easy as people assume.

"USA bobsled has just done a great job in recruiting some of the top track and field athletes in the world - we make it look easy but there have been moments in practice where we were pretty frustrated in trying to get the technique down."

Former Olympic relay and world 100 meters champion Lauryn Williams will push Elana Meyers in the USA-1 sled in Sochi.

The 31-year-old Jones, in her second season in bobsleigh, will push Fenlator as the United States goes in search of a first gold medal in women's bobsleigh since Jill Bakken and Vonetta Flowers won the inaugural title in 2002.

For Jones, bobsleigh is all about having fun.   Continued...

Olympic bobsledder Lolo Jones poses for a portrait during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah September 30, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson