The countdown to the 2014 Winter Olympics has reached 100 days, and though spots on many of the U.S. teams are not yet set, Wayne's Jazmine Fenlator has the inside track, so to speak, as the January announcement of the bobsled representatives looms. Named to the 2013-14 U.S women's bobsled national team last week, Fenlator has her sights set squarely on Sochi, Russia.
The Wayne Valley High and Rider University graduate and track and field star was introduced to bobsled in 2007, encouraged by her college coach. She quickly moved up the ranks as one of the country's elite pilots. Fenlator's training prepared her for one of her athletic highlights, her first World Championships in Lake Placid in Feb. 2012.
Just a few weeks prior, that kind of success in the sled might have seemed impossible. Fenlator's family house was all but destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene, flood waters causing six-figure damage and loss and displacing her mother, who is disabled with lupus.
"My family is still rebounding from the aftermath," said Fenlator. "We suffered from large financial instability and hardships, and it has been very hard to make ends meet day to day. We have been fortunate enough to have the support of family and friends."