U.S. bobsledder calls Lolo Jones undeserving 'media sensation'

U.S. bobsledder and former track athlete Lolo Jones has been embroiled in controversy since she was...

U.S. bobsledder and former track athlete Lolo Jones has been embroiled in controversy since she was selected to the Olympic team. (LUCAS JACKSON/Reuters)

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If everything seems like it's going the way of the U.S. bobsled team, it's not.

While U.S. 1 and U.S. 2 sit comfortably in medal position heading into the final two runs of the women's competition in Sochi, controversy has erupted about the team's star recruit: Lolo Jones.

The former Olympic track athlete, known for both her good looks and world championship success as a hurdler, is on the team because of her popularity -- not because of her skill, a jilted ex-member of the American team says.

"I get that people want to latch on to a media sensation and run wild," said Charles Berkeley, who isn't on the team in Sochi. "But it comes down to this: There are athletes who deserve to be there who are not there, on the women's and the men's side."

Berkeley, making his comments to the Associated Press, asked of the selection process: "Why is it corrupt?"

He seems to be keying in on Katie Eberling, who isn't in the U.S. 3 sled spot occupied by Jones. The star has "a very bad attitude," he tweeted.

Jones has struggled in Sochi. After two heats, her U.S. 3 sled is in 11th out of 19 entries. The competition continues Wednesday.

As for the rest of her bobsleigh resume, Jones placed second in her first World Cup event in November 2012 and won gold in the mixed team event at the world championships in January 2013.

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