She was joking with Elana Meyers, one of the three pilots, on her walk to the media center about how if it hadn't been for falling short in Beijing and London, she wouldn't be in Sochi. Jones went to Lake Placid looking to escape her Olympic troubles, not thinking about a new Olympic path, and it was Meyers and fellow pilot Jazmine Fenlator who were among the first to befriend the hurdler.
Jones was depressed, underweight after not really eating for a month or so after London, and in desperate need of change. Fenlator didn't even recognize Jones, thinking instead she was a distance runner because of her much leaner-than-usual build at the time.
"I mean, I have legit stats or whatever but sometimes you kind of forget those especially if you get thrown under the bus so many times in the media," Jones said. "I've even been thrown under the bus by my teammates in track and field. So to go into the training center and they barely knew me and they kind of just took me under their wing and were like, 'No, you're one of us.'"
That's when the tears started to fall.
Make no mistake: These Olympics mean plenty to Jones.
"I truly believe that your greatest failures or mishaps in life can have the best motivation for you to do something amazing," Jones said. "I've just kind of taken that stance and that's really why I feel like I'm here as a bobsled athlete. I'm not willing to give up."