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USA Bobsled says Lolo Jones earned her spot on team, other athletes disagree

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The U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation was quick to defend their selection of Lolo Jones to the Olympic team Friday; after the athletes she was selected over criticized the pick.

"Our job is to put together the best possible team to represent the country," said USBSF CEO Darrin Steele.

"At the end of the day, the selection committee, we don't look at Twitter or anyone outside our sport. We're more concerned about inside our sport. There's a lot of factors in making our decisions. Performance is the biggest one."

Jones was selected as the third push athlete ahead of Emily Azevedo and Katie Eberling in what was described by Steele as an “incredibly close” decision. Eberling and Azevedo were quick to question the move.

"I feel this year there was a certain agenda," said Eberling, who will go to Sochi as an alternate. "It's no fault of my teammates. There's been a lot of inconsistencies and that makes you wonder what's going on. It's not right."

“"I should have been working harder on gaining Twitter followers than gaining muscle mass," added Emily Azevedo.

Relatively new to the sport of bobsledding, Jones also competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as a hurdler. She was similarly criticized by her teammates then, despite finishing fourth.

"We followed the procedure and I'll stand by that decision all day long. It was a really close call,” said Steele. “At the end of the day that's who we think is a better brakeman for the Games.”



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