Lolo Jones Pushes Herself to Do:More

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Olympic track and field star Lolo Jones has traded in her running shoes for a bobsled. Her change to a bobsled brakeman helped her become one of the faces of Degree’s new Do:More campaign, which was inspired by the brand’s new Motionsense technology that improves the function of the formula as you move. She joins the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, and Alex Morgan, who not only excel at their sport of choice but have found new ways to stay active. After learning how to paddle board with Morgan, we got to chat with the superstar athlete as well as Team U.S.A. bobsled coach Mike Dionne learn the basics of bobsledding, how she’s changed her workout, and how beauty is a big part of the game.

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What sparked you to take on Bobsledding?

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I just needed a way to just get away from track for a bit. I’ve been doing the same thing for 13-plus years, and pursuing a goal. And as anyone knows, doing the same thing can get very repetitive and mundane. And so I feel like by stepping outside of my comfort zone, by pursuing, going outside of my boundaries, this would help me refresh energy. Which it did, I just didn’t know that I also, obviously I have a new love for bobsled. It’s kind of crazy what happens when you kind of take a moment and try something new.

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Since bobsledding is about beating each other’s time, how do you get a leg up on the competition?

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Dionne: When you look at those two elements, it’s really 50/50. If you don’t have the start at the beginning, then you really don’t have the finish. Jones: It multiplies—whatever you do at the top, it multiplies by three. Dionne: Roughly speaking, if you’re a tenth faster or slower than somebody at the start, it equates to three times slower, if all things are equal. That’s why you want to be the fastest start team to get that advance because then, once Lolo pops in, the race then becomes in the drivers’ hands, literally. They have to have a good run. If they’re hitting the walls or driving too hard, anything that can to slow themselves down, it’s going to cost you at your finish time. So all those things, all the technology, the athletes, everything goes into it and impacts it.

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What’s been the biggest change switching from a summer sport to a winter sport?

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I was complaining at the Summer Olympics that they did not have air conditioning units for The Village, and now, you’re complaining because it’s too cold! I can say my glove situation, I went from having no gloves to 10 pairs of gloves; I was always trying to find the right glove. I had to modify a few exercises. I definitely changed my weight program and had to focus on… anything more pertaining to legs. With track, you want general [workout] but it’s lighter It’s a lot of reps. With bobsled, it’s heavier weights and a few reps.

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What’s the most important thing, in terms of beauty, when you’re competing?

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I think the most important thing for bobsledding is conditioning, like moisturizer, because my skin gets so dry. So, for my hands, I use the Burt’s Bees Hands Salve—absolutely phenomenal. Any kind of good moisturizer at night; I use the Bobbi Brown face moisturizer for day./td>

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Do you wear makeup when you bobsled?

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Absolutely. Yes! As you can tell from that photo, all you see are eyes. So the only way to kind of differentiate yourself from a guy, would be to wear eye makeup. Most girls on the team wear eye makeup. You can always tell the ones, it’s competing day [because] it’s like more dramatic, more serious.

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What about your nails?

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I’m more neutral on my colors… just because I don’t want to focus on, when I’m on the start line… I don’t want to be on the blocks like, “Oh my nails look really nice!” I found for bobsledding I actually have to keep them painted because it’s so much maintenance with flipping the sled and sanding if you don’t keep your nails painted, your actual nails are going to be in poor condition. The shellac is amazing for this! We’re working with acetone [on the blades of the bobsled], which actually can really deteriorate your nails quickly.