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Ryan Bailey misses U.S. bobsled team, still expected to compete

Olympics Day 15 - Athletics

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Usain Bolt of Jamaica receives the relay baton from Yohan Blake of Jamaica next to Ryan Bailey of the United States during the Men’s 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Olympic sprinter Ryan Bailey missed U.S. Bobsled national team selection races this week due to a back injury and was not named to the team but is still expected to compete later this season.

Bailey, who finished fifth in the 100m at the London Games, won the preseason push championships in September in his first foray into bobsled. That made him a favorite for one of about a dozen push athlete spots on the national team.

But Bailey’s injury and absence from this week’s selection races took him out of the running. The World Cup season begins in Whistler, B.C., the first weekend of December.

Bailey could make the team for World Cup races in early 2017, after the team is re-evaluated following fall competitions. He could also push in lower-level races, such as on the North American Cup circuit.

The national team includes Olympic medalists Steven Holcomb, Justin Olsen, Elana Meyers Taylor, Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans, plus Summer and Winter Olympian Lolo Jones.

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