Jones said she recognized right away that Williams, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the 100-meter dash, had all the right tools for sliding.
“She’s very humble,” Jones said. “I was like, ‘Oh, gosh, I’m going to regret recruiting her if she beats me out for the team.’ But I have a lot of respect for Lauryn and I just couldn’t see her taking a stab at it. She already has the gold and the silver. I told her she’s losing nothing and just go for it.”
It’s expected that the push athletes will alternate between drivers somewhat during the World Cup season, which starts next month. The Olympic team will likely be finalized just a few weeks before the Sochi Games open.
“Jazmine, Elana and I all started driving around the same time so we have that kind of friendly rivalry and I think it works really well for us,” Greubel said. “We work together and shake each other’s hands at the end of the day, no matter who’s on top. I really respect the other girls that are drivers on the team. They definitely help push me to be a better athlete.”
The men’s national team will be announced Sunday, with Steven Holcomb, Nick Cunningham and Cory Butner the expected drivers on the squad.
The four-man team trials ended in Park City on Saturday night, with Holcomb — the 2010 Olympic gold medalist who has a bye onto the national team — sweeping the competition, driving his “Night Train” sled to a two-run time of 1 minute, 35.88 seconds. Curt Tomasevicz, Steve Langton and Chris Fogt were in Holcomb’s sled, and that’s the likely lineup for USA-1 to open the World Cup circuit next month.
Cunningham drove his sled to second place on the 2002 Olympic track, 0.45 seconds behind Holcomb. Butner’s sled was another 0.39 seconds back.