In an Instagram video captioned “Dear diary,” Lolo Jones reflected days after being left off the Olympic bobsled team.
The video was posted late Wednesday night, filmed at what Jones said was her first track and field practice since ending her bobsled season (and maybe her bobsled career).
“It was really hard for me to come back because I just felt embarrassed to be here, you know?” Jones said. “Training for the Winter Olympics, I gave up track and field for a year. To not make the team was very frustrating. You don’t make it. You just feel like you don’t have what it takes.”
Jones, 35, faces an incredibly difficult path to making the 2020 Olympic team in the 100m hurdles.
The U.S. swept the Rio podium in that event.
The U.S. also has world-record holder Keni Harrison. And Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 2008 Olympic champion, who took silver at last season’s world championships.
Jones last competed in the 100m hurdles in September 2015, after which she underwent hip surgery that ultimately ruled her out of the 2016 Olympic Trials.
She will turn 38 during the 2020 Olympics, when she will be older than any previous U.S. Olympic runner in an event shorter than 800m.
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With a bronze medal in Lake Placid earlier today, Kendall Wesenberg became the first American to reach the World Cup podium in skeleton in two years.
Wesenberg, who finished 17th at her first Olympics in PyeongChang, had a combined time of 1:51.10 in Lake Placid. Prior to today, her last podium finish at the World Cup was in St. Moritz in January 2017.
“This has never been my strongest track, so we really broke it down piece by piece, and I think it paid off,” Wesenberg said, according to USA Bobsled and Skeleton. “The second run, I kind of tried to throw it away at the top there. By the time I made it to corner 10, I was just thinking ‘build speed, build speed.”
Wesenberg, 28, grew up in California’s Central Valley, but her interest in sliding sports piqued while watching the 2010 Vancouver Games. When the commentators discussed the athletic backgrounds of the athletes, Wesenberg realized she played some of the same sports growing up. A quick Google search brought her to the USA Bobsled and Skeleton page. She told her siblings she was thinking of trying skeleton. They said she’d never do it. Challenge accepted.
Wesenberg emailed a U.S. coach and signed up for a combine and driving training in January 2011. Seven years later, she was sliding on Olympic ice.
Sliding coverage continues today on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, with women’s bobsled live at 3:15 p.m. ET and men’s bobsled live at 4:15.