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The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation said Tuesday night it has found no reason to sanction Olympic hopeful Lolo Jones for her role in a nightclub altercation that involved the stepdaughter of one of the sport’s Hall of Famers.

Jones and the woman, whose name was not released, got into some sort of argument early Saturday and were eventually separated by bouncers at Roomers, a popular club in Lake Placid, N.Y., where the federation is based. USBSF spokeswoman Amanda Bird said the team found no proof to support widespread reports that Jones “knocked out” the woman, who is the stepdaughter of longtime bobsled fixture Tony Carlino.

Police said no charges or reports were filed. Jones did not return requests for comment, and made no mention of the incident or the attention it received on her Twitter account Tuesday.

USBSF CEO Darrin Steele told The Associated Press he did not believe any violations of the team’s code of conduct occurred.

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

Other U.S. bobsled athletes were present at the club, though the federation did not believe anyone else was directly involved in the incident.

Carlino, who was enshrined in the federation’s Hall of Fame in 2012 and manages the complex that includes the track the U.S. bobsled, skeleton and luge teams call home at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, just outside of Lake Placid, made USBSF officials aware of the nightclub incident Saturday morning.

Carlino did not return a message seeking comment, and USBSF officials reached Tuesday were unsure of his stepdaughter’s name.

“We all feel bad the situation happened and we want to put this behind us and focus on winning medals in Sochi,” Steele said.

It’s the latest incident where Jones’ involvement has created a frenzy.

This season will be her second in bobsledding, a sport she turned to shortly after finishing fourth in the 100-meter hurdles at the London Olympics last year and dealing with widespread criticism — even from some of her U.S. track teammates — over the level of attention and endorsements she receives. Four years earlier in Beijing, she was the favorite and was in position to win gold when she hit the ninth of 10 hurdles and wound up seventh.

Her lifestyle choices when it comes to dating and relationships are constant Twitter fodder. She once challenged former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand to a race without knowing he was paralyzed, and recently raised eyebrows when she tried to make a joke about the $741 check she received for prize money won in sliding this past season.

She also recently said she would donate the money won in her final hurdle race of the season to two teammates who are fundraising to support their hopes of making the team headed to Sochi next winter.

“If bobsled brought me one thing, it brought me peace,” Jones told AP earlier this year.

Jones is a push athlete, and will vie to be in one of the three sleds on the U.S. women’s team for next winter’s Olympics. She likely will be part of the World Cup circuit to start the season this fall, and based on her performances last season — a silver medal in her first World Cup race, and helping the U.S. win gold in the team competition at the world championships — she figures to have a strong shot of being selected for Sochi.

Source- Associated Press

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  • Anthony

    Speaking of Lolo, what’s the big deal about her being virgin? Once a woman is of age, who cares about her hyman? In college, some of the biggest assholes I knew were self-proclaimed virgins. Some of the ‘hos were down to earth, they just liked sex a whole lot!

  • Anthony

    One final thing, I am tired of hearing how beautiful Lolo Jones is. She has a nice body, just like every other sprinter or pole vaulter. There is nothing special at all about her face, she just looks like a white woman with a deep tan. I know many of you aren’t that keen on hearing men size up women, but I just felt like putting it out there. I love all of my sisters, including the fair skinned and biracial sisters, I just get tired of the media making her out to be some sort of goddess in spandex.

  • Anon

    We really got folks supporting being called ho’s?

    In my experience, the “ho’s” in college were resentful of the women WITHOUT reputations.

    • Anthony

      The “ho” bit was sarcasm on my part aimed at silliness of lionizing virginity in a thirty year old adult, as if this one act says something about a person’s character or decency towards other people.