PARK CITY, Utah (Oct. 26, 2013)-The 2013-2014 women’s bobsled national team is composed of a diverse roster of veteran and rookie athletes eager to carry the momentum from last season into the upcoming Olympic year. The national team will race in a series of eight World Cup events before the season culminates in Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympic Games.
"This is the fastest and most prepared group of athletes we've ever seen,” said Darrin Steele, U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation CEO. “It was difficult to narrow the women's push field to six and it will be even more challenging to select the top three for the Olympic team in a few months. The hard work and dedication has paid off and I couldn't be more proud of all these athletes."
Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) received a bye onto the team for her World Championship silver medal performance last season and will pilot USA-I. Jamie Greubel (Newtown, Pa.) solidified her spot on the team after convincingly winning the final selection race last night and has been assigned to USA-2, while Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.) will drive USA-3.
The six women’s bobsled push athletes named to the national team include the following athletes, listed in no particular order: 2010 Olympian Emily Azevedo (Chico, Calif.), two-time World Championship medalist Katie Eberling (Palos Hills, Ill.), two-time national push champion Aja Evans (Chicago, Ill.), World Indoor Champion and American record holder 100-meter hurdler Lolo Jones (Des Moines, Iowa), Army World Class Athlete Program Soldier-athlete Kristi Koplin (Cedar City, Utah), and 100-meter 2004 Olympic silver medalist and 4x100-meter relay 2012 Olympic gold medalist Lauryn Williams (Miami, Fla.).
The men’s bobsled national team will be named tomorrow morning following the conclusion of four-man bobsled racing, while the skeleton team will be named after their final two races on Oct. 30th.