Lolo Jones is one of two track athletes on the U.S. women's bobseld team. (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images)
Lauryn Williams of Detroit and Lolo Joneshave been selected for the U.S. bobsled team that will compete in next month’s Sochi Olympics.
They are now positioned to join a group of eight other Americans who have competed in both the Summer and Winter Games. Williams is a three-time Olympian who won gold in the 400-meter relay in London. Jones is a two-time veteran in the 100-meter hurdles.
Jamie Greubel and Williams won a women’s World Cup race in Igls, Austria.
The U.S. qualified three men’s two-man sleds and two four-man sleds for Sochi. Reigning Olympic four-man champion Steven Holcomb will drive USA-1 and Nick Cunningham will drive USA-2 in both disciplines, and Cory Butner will drive the third two-man entry.
Crosby to captain Canada
“Sid the Kid” is now “Captain Canada.”
Penguins star Sidney Crosby, who lifted his home country to gold in Vancouver four years ago, will captain the Canadian hockey team in Sochi.
“You hear names being kind of thrown around,” Crosby said. “There’s so many leaders and so many guys capable of leading by example. It’s just an honor.”
Crosby, 26, leads the NHL in scoring and has become the face of both the NHL and hockey in Canada.
The Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews and the Nashville Predators’ Shea Weber will be alternate captains, Hockey Canada announced Sunday.
“Sidney, Jonathan and Shea have been leaders on the international stage in the past, as well as with their NHL teams,” coach Mike Babcock said in a statement. “These three players will be at the forefront of our efforts in Sochi, but we are confident we have 25 players on our roster that will lead in their own way and allow our team to be successful.”
Shaun White is ready to three-peat.
The two-time Olympic halfpipe champion locked up a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in his signature event by winning the final qualifier in Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
White posted a score of 96.6 to edge Danny Davis by 1.6 points. Ben Ferguson finished third. White, Taylor Gold and 2010 Olympian Greg Bretz earned automatic berths on the four-man team.
Kaitlyn Farrington posted a 91.4 to win the women’s competition. Kelly Clark has already earned a spot on the U.S. women’s halfpipe team. Two-time Olympic medalist Hannah Teter was third.