Lolo Jones Gains 20 Pounds For Bobsled Career, Eats 9,000 Calories A Day
Lolo Jones plans to reclaim her spot on the U.S. Track & Field team for the 2016 Summer Olympics
Lolo Jones, the U.S. Olympic hurdler-tuned-U.S. Bobsled team member, has committed to packing on muscle to meet the demands of her new sport.
Jones, 31, has been working hard to reach a goal of 160 pounds, downing roughly 9,000 calories a day and spending as much time as possible in the gym. "I'm the heaviest ever in my life. It took so much work,” she told USA Today Sports. “I'm three pounds away from my ultimate goal."
"I'm pumped about this muscle weight,” the athlete added. “My abs are still there. I'm still cut, just super solid,"
A few weeks ago, Jones took to Instagram to show off her progress in preparation for the Winter Olympics. She captioned a picture of herself doing parallel bar pull-ups: “These used to be easier when I weighed 135lbs for Track. Now I weigh 155lbs! 7 lbs more to go. #sochi#winterOlympics.”
Jones also posted a picture of herself doing a heavily-weighted deadlift. "On Instagram straightflexin #105kilos,” she wrote.”
Earlier this year, Jones got herself in trouble with some fellow bobsledders after she posted a Vine video in which she poked fun at the low wages she received from the U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation. After the camera shows her payment for seven months of worth – $781.84 – Jones picks up a phone and pretends to phone her landlord. “I’m going to be a little late on my rent this month,” she says. Olympic bobsledders, including Steven Holcomb, thought it was “snobby.” Jones’ teammate Jazmine Fenlator came to her defense, however, asserting that the athlete was only trying to draw attention to the disparity of pay in professional sports.
After competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Jones plans on getting herself ready to reclaim her spot on the track roster for the next Summer Olympics, which will be held in Rio in 2016.
– Chelsea Regan
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