Briauna Jones will travel to the 2018 Winter Olympics. Photo provided by Charlotte Athletics

Briauna Jones is making history for Charlotte Athletics as she’s become the first former student-athlete to participate in the Olympics. Jones will be a member of the women’s bobsled team for the 2018 winter Olympics in South Korea.

Topping off her resume for the Charlotte program was being a member of the 2012 4×100 meter relay team that made it to the National Championships. Jones’ name also sits within the top ten for multiple track and field records for the Charlotte program including 60-meter dash, indoor and outdoor long jump, indoor and outdoor triple jump as well as indoor and outdoor high jump.

After a stellar career with the 49ers on the track, Jones returned to the team as a volunteer assistant coach.

Two pairs: Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs as well as Jamie Greuebel Poser and Aja Evans will be the main bobsledders. Jones has earned a spot as a replacement athlete.

This means that she can participate in trial runs instead of competing athletes and can participate in the event in case of injury and or illness.

Last year Jones was named the USA Bob Sledding Rookie of the Year after making her first national team. She won a gold medal with teammate Meyers Taylor in Switzerland last year.

The group has high expectations as the United States is the only nation that has earned a medal in every women’s bobsled event since the country’s first appearance in the event back in 2002.

The competition will occur on Feb. 20-21.

Kathleen Cook is the sports editor of the Niner Times and from Wake Forest, North Carolina. When the junior communication major/journalism minor isn't covering the 49ers, she enjoys spending time with her family, friend, and dog. Kathleen can also be found cheering on the Panthers every Sunday and rooting for the Washington Nationals.