Local Olympic hopeful Kehri Jones announced Tuesday night that she will not be representing Team USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Team USA Women’s bobsled team announced Jones was not one of the four members selected for the team going to the games.

The team released a statement on Facebook, posting from Jones’ verified account:

“We appreciate everyone’s support, thoughts and prayers. It has been an amazing last few years leading up to this moment. She is still one of the best bobsledders AND is a World Champion. She has represented Texas well. There are too many individuals to name everyone by name, but you all know who you are... thank you, thank you, thank you!! Thank you Central Texas and Fort Hood.

Also, thanks to her sponsors, Dick’s Sporting Goods (DSG) and Proctor and Gamble (P&G).

LOVE YOU Kehri Jones!!!”

Jones graduated from Ellison High School in August 2010 at the age of 16 years old before attending Baylor on a track scholarship.

She was named a two-time All-Big 12 sprinter before her college career came to an end due to a knee injury.

In 2014, two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor, who was recruiting a potential brakeman for Team USA, was recommended to check out the soon-to-graduate Jones by Baylor track and field’s strength and conditioning coach Chris Ruf.

Meyers Taylor and Jones soon climbed the ranking, becoming one of top team in the world, including breaking the track start record with a time of 5.12 seconds at the recent world championships in Koenigssee, Germany.

The Winter Olympics are scheduled to begin on Feb. 9.

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