Katie Eberling - Snubbed Olympic hopeful

In January, Katie Eberling sat in a room with all the other American bobsled hopefuls and listened as the names for Team USA were called. Hers wasn't among them.

"I was completely, absolutely gutted," Eberling said by phone on Tuesday from her home in suburban Chicago. "Indescribably emotional. A very low place to be in."

What made headlines was one of the names that was called: Lolo Jones, a selection many viewed as a publicity stunt – a ratings move. For Eberling, three times a World Cup medalist this season, hearing Jones' name and not hers was just a crushing reality.
Eric Adelson

Olympic bobsledder Katie Eberling poses for a portrait during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah

Olympic bobsledder Katie Eberling poses for a portrait during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah September 30, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS BOBSLEIGH PORTRAIT)

Olympic bobsledder Katie Eberling mimics the preparations she carries out before a run during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah

Olympic bobsledder Katie Eberling mimics the preparations she carries out before a run during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah September 30, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS BOBSLEIGH)

Olympic bobsledder Katie Eberling poses for a portrait during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah

Olympic bobsledder Katie Eberling poses for a portrait during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah September 30, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)

Olympic bobsledder Katie Eberling poses for a portrait during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah

Olympic bobsledder Katie Eberling poses for a portrait during the 2013 U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit in Park City, Utah September 30, 2013. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS)

IBSF Bob & Skeleton World Championship 2013 - Day 2

ST MORITZ, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 26: Second placed Elana Meyers and Katie Eberling of USA celebrate after the Women's Bobsleigh final heat of the IBSF Bob & Skeleton World Championship at Olympia Bob Run on January 26, 2013 in St Moritz, Switzerland. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

IBSF Bob & Skeleton World Championship 2013 - Day 1

ST MORITZ, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 25: Elana Meyers and Katie Eberling of USA compete during the Women's Bobsleigh heat 1 of the IBSF Bob & Skeleton World Championship at Olympia Bob Run on January 25, 2013 in St Moritz, Switzerland. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Viessmann FIBT World Cup Bob & Skeleton

WINTERBERG, GERMANY - DECEMBER 08: (L-R) Elana Meyers and Katie Eberling of United States celebrate their second place during the two women's bob competition during the FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Cup at Bobbahn Winterberg on December 8, 2012 in Winterberg, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Park City Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup

PARK CITY, UT - NOVEMBER 16: Jami Greubel (F) and Katie Eberling of the U.S. finish in fourth place in the FIBT women's bobsled world cup, on November 16, 2012 at Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.(Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Viessmann FIBT World Cup Bob & Skeleton

WINTERBERG, GERMANY - DECEMBER 08: Elana Meyers (R) and Katie Eberling of United States celebrate their second place during the two women's bob competition during the FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Cup at Bobbahn Winterberg on December 8, 2012 in Winterberg, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)