Lolo Jones Weight Gain [VIDEO]: Olympic Hurdler Eating 9,000 Calories A Day For Bobsled Team Preparing For 2014 Sochi Winter Games

Raimundo Ortiz
By Raimundo Ortiz @AroundtheMundo
on Oct 08, 2013 12:29 PM EDT
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U.S. Olympic bobsledder Lolo Jones. (Photo : Instagram)

In preparation of the Sochi Winter Olympics, Lolo Jones of the U.S. bobsled team, but more well-known for her track and field exploits, has packed on more than 30 pounds of muscle by consuming 9,000 calories a day.

Lolo has tweeted and posted Instagram photos of her progress, as well as uploaded videos to Vine. On a daily basis, Jones is downing two protein shakes a day that contain 1,365 calories, as well as bacon double cheeseburgers from McDonald's. She's even getting into some donuts while she reads the daily headlines at night, according to Vine.

Jones told USA Today that in bobsledding, a common mantra is "mass pushes mass." Well she's accumulating a ton of mass. "I'm the heaviest ever in my life," Jones said. "It took so much work. I'm three pounds away from my ultimate goal." After spending her entire athletic career stressing about weight, and keeping it down, Jones said she loves the physique she's created for these Winter Games. "I'm pumped about this muscle weight. My abs are still there. I'm still cut, just super solid." Jones has still had fun leading up to the Sochi Games, even though most of her time is dedicated to getting ready. Earlier this summer Jones accepted a challenge from a college student who asked her to accept a date with him should he get 150,000 retweets. Jones accepted with no caveats, and then released a video saying she'd go on the date. She also filmed a cameo in a Nicolas Cage movie, Left Behind.   Not all the attention was positive though. She raised eyebrows and ire throughout the bobsledding community with a social media video she posted that was meant as a prank. The offending video involved Jones opening with a paycheck from the bobsled team, then joking she'd be late on her rent. 

Respected bobsledder Steven Holcomb said, "It wasn't taken very well," Olympic gold medalist Steven Holcomb told the newspaper. "People were really kind of insulted. You just made $741, more than most athletes in the sport. So what are you complaining about?"

Jones apologized for the insensitive post and said part of her reasoning for the video was to highlight that Olympic athletes are underpaid.

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