Tyson Gay turns to bobsled; Aja Evans, Lolo Jones return
Tyson Gay, the American record holder in the 100m, is entered to compete in this week’s USA Bobsled National Push Championships, a competition that helps determine the U.S. team for the 2016-17 World Cup season.
Gay has been pushing a sled for a handful of days, according to U.S. Bobsled.
Gay is joined by U.S. Olympic track teammates Ryan Bailey and Lolo Jones, among 56 total athletes, entered to compete beginning Wednesday and running through Saturday.
The U.S. national team is usually announced in late October or early November. The bobsled World Cup season begins the last weekend of November.
The 2012 Olympian Bailey’s switch to bobsled was announced last month.
Jones, one of 10 Americans to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics, hasn’t competed for U.S. Bobsled internationally since the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where she placed 11th.
Gay, Bailey and Jones are three of the most accomplished active U.S. track and field athletes to not win an Olympic medal. Gay and Bailey were stripped of 2012 Olympic 4x100m silver medals due to Gay’s doping.
Jones led the 2008 Olympic 100m hurdles final until hitting the penultimate hurdle and then finished fourth in the 2012 Olympics.
Also entered this week is push athlete Aja Evans, who last competed at the Sochi Olympics, taking bronze.