Lolo Jones' Bobsledding Skill Questioned By Chuck Berkeley
Lolo Jones traded in the running track for the bobsled track to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Former Olympic bobsledder Chuck Berkeley isn’t so sure she deserved that honor.
Chuck Berkeley Questions Lolo Jones' Bobsledding Skills
Though Berkeley didn’t mention Jones by name in his tweet, which has since made its way around the web, the implication is clear. Jones, a two-time Summer Olympian, is one of the most recognizable names among Olympic athletes. As a track athlete, she’s able to rake in some marketing dollars. Berkeley seems to think her marketing worth is what led the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation to tap her for Sochi 2014.
Berkeley, who tried and failed to make the men’s bobsledding roster for Sochi, was bombarded by fellow tweeters, who felt that his remark was born out of jealousy. Berkeley responded to say that that wasn’t the case.
For the record, this is strictly MY opinion. Sorry to offend all the "experts" out there. Jealousy is not in my repertoire. #Olympics2014— Chuck Berkeley (@ChuckBerkeley) February 18, 2014
Though Berkeley has since tried to make light of the outrage he’s caused by retweeting some of the insults getting flung his way, he’s made it clear he truly doesn’t like Lolo Jones. In fact, he’s claimed that her making the team is proof of the USBSF corruption and that her personality is so toxic that the men’s bobsledding team hadn’t been hanging out with the women’s bobsledding team because of her.
@ChuckBerkeley favorite word when I played sports in college...BUSH LEAGUE 4 people like you. Keep it classy.— Dave Elswick (@DaveElswick) February 19, 2014
@ChuckBerkeley Just a low blow from someone sitting on the sidelines. Not to mention the sled bouncing off the walls several times.— John Bergsmith (@Boosterdude) February 19, 2014
In an interview following his tweet about the women’s bobsledding roster, Berkeley also complained about Cory Butner, a teammate of his on the men’s side. Apparently Berkeley believes he should have made the roster over him and pushed for driver Chris Fogt.
Jones and her partner Jazmine Fenlator finished in 11th place on Tuesday.
– Chelsea Regan
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