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Lolo Jones won't be punished for bar fight, bobsled officials say

July 17, 2013|By David Wharton
  • Lolo Jones in October 2012.
Lolo Jones in October 2012. (Michael Lynch / Associated…)

It seems that U.S. bobsled officials will not sanction Lolo Jones after she got into a bar fight with the stepdaughter of a Hall of Fame bobsledder over the weekend.

The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation said there was no evidence to suggest that Jones knocked out the other woman -- whose name has not been released -- during the altercation early Saturday morning.

The fight took place at a nightclub in Lake Placid, N.Y., where Jones, an American track star, is training for the winter sport she added to her repertoire last season. Other bobsledders were reportedly present.

Darrin Steele, the USBSF chief executive, told the Associated Press that he did not believe any team rules were violated.

"That could change if new information emerges, but I'm not expecting that to happen at this point," he said. "It's a good reminder of why our athletes need to avoid putting themselves in situations where things like this can happen."

The other woman is reportedly the stepdaughter of Tony Carlino, a longtime athlete, coach and administrator in the sport.

Jones made her fame in the hurdles but failed to medal at the last two Summer Olympics. As a push athlete in bobsledding, she hopes to qualify for one of three U.S. women's sleds at the 2014 Sochi Games.

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