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Lolo Jones after missing Olympic team: ‘You feel like you don’t have what it takes’

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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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U.S. Olympic women’s bobsled team named; no Lolo Jones

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Sochi Olympic medalist drivers Elana Meyers Taylor and Jamie Greubel Poser and medalist push athlete Aja Evans headline the U.S. Olympic women’s bobsled team for PyeongChang.

Lolo Jones did not make the team.

Meyers Taylor, Greubel Poser and Evans are joined by Olympic rookie push athlete Lauren Gibbs to round out the team.

“Unfortunately, I did not make the Olympic Team but I’m pumped for @lagibbs84 to make her first Oly team and join returning vets @eamslider24 @JamieGreubel and @AjaLEvans,” was tweeted from Jones’ account minutes after the announcement. “They will rep USA very well.”

Jones, 35, was bidding to become the first American to compete in multiple Summer Olympics and multiple Winter Olympics.

She helped push Meyers Taylor to her first World Cup win this season earlier Saturday in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Jones hasn’t won an Olympic medal, and this was likely her last chance.

Jones led the 2008 Olympic 100m hurdles final before hitting the penultimate hurdle and finishing seventh. She was fourth in the 2012 Olympic 100m hurdles, then 11th in the her Winter Olympic debut in 2014.

She overcame shoulder surgery (November 2014), hip surgery (October 2015, which ended up causing her to miss the July 2016 Olympic Track and Field Trials) and concussion symptoms from an October bobsled crash.

Gibbs, 33, competed in six of the seven World Cups this season.

Jones competed in just one of the first six, then re-entered a World Cup sled Saturday for the first time since Nov. 18.

Jones and other push athletes who missed out saw their chances diminish Saturday morning, when Canada joined Germany as the two nations to earn the maximum three sleds for PyeongChang.

The U.S., which had three sleds in 2010 and 2014, was narrowly edged by Canada in the final quota standings.

“Six push athletes have been battling it out week after week and winning medals on the World Cup circuit this year, but we only have two spots for the Games,” USA Bobsled CEO Darrin Steele said in a press release. “We don’t take this decision light-heartedly. The selection committee chose the athletes they think have the best chance of bringing home hardware from Korea for Team USA. I wish we could take the entire team with us because they’ve all proven how hard-working and determined they are in addition to being incredibly talented.”

Meyers Taylor, the first female bobsledder to make three U.S. Olympic teams, will pair with Gibbs in PyeongChang. They will try to dethrone Canadian Kaillie Humphries, who seeks her third straight Olympic title.

Meyers Taylor led Humphries after three of four runs in Sochi but dropped to second place with Lauryn Williams in the last run. Williams retired in 2015.

Greubel Poser and Evans will share a sled again, just as they did for bronze in Sochi and at last season’s world championships.

The alternate push athlete is Briauna Jones.

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Elana Meyers Taylor, Lolo Jones win last race before Olympic bobsled team named

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The U.S. Olympic women’s bobsled team is scheduled to be announced Saturday.

Elana Meyers Taylor will be on it.

Lolo Jones improved her chances, helping Meyers Taylor to her first World Cup win of the season in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Saturday morning.

Meyers Taylor, a two-time Olympic medalist, and Jones broke the start record and track record en route to winning by .21 over two runs.

German sleds finished second and third.

U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Jamie Greubel Poser and Lauren Gibbs were 11th, marking Greubel Poser’s worst result in nearly three years.

The third U.S. sled, driven by Brittany Reinbolt, finished 15th but more importantly finished behind the third Canadian sled. That means Canada gets three sleds at the Olympics, while the U.S. gets two.

Which means Jones, Gibbs and the rest of the U.S. push athletes hoping to be named to the Olympic team by a committee are now vying for two spots rather than the three they had in 2010 and 2014.

Jones, one of 10 Americans to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics, is 35 years old. This may be her last chance at either Games and to earn her first Olympic medal.

If Jones makes the PyeongChang team, she will be a medal favorite given Meyers Taylor and Greubel Poser have been two of the world’s top three drivers for the last several years.

Jones pushed the third U.S. sled in Sochi that was not a medal contender and finished 11th.

That sled was driven by Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, who since Sochi switched to Jamaica and was in position Saturday to clinch the first Jamaican Olympic women’s bobsled berth.

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