US women's bobsled team a diverse mix

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When this U.S. women's bobsled team was being assembled, the search was on for athletes with the right combination of size, speed and strength.

How they looked was irrelevant.

The end result was the most diverse roster in the federation's history — nine women, and only two of them white. So far, even with a slew of first- and second-year bobsledders, the Americans have won five sets of World Cup medals this season. That ties Canada for the most of any nation on the international circuit.

Having elite track Olympians such as Lolo Jones and Tianna Madison Bartoletta on the team gave the U.S. bobsled squad plenty of attention before the season's first race. Winning three silver and two bronze medals since has only added to that buzz.

 
 
 

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