“I don’t want to offend anyone, and I’ve always wanted to help out my bobsled teammates. Some of them have debt because they’ve given their life to the sport. My partner Jazmine and I had to raise money for the bobsled to be funded just to finished the season, because only 2 of the 3 sleds are funded by the team,” the athlete said in a statement, according to ESPN.

The Iowa native went on to defend herself and pointed to the unfairness within Olympic sports.

“I can’t imagine halfway through my track season having to stop and raise money to finish. The wine of the paycheck is just showing the difference between track and bobsled, and to be honest the bobsledders work more hours than track! The bottom line is that all Olympic athletes dedicate their lives to their sports and do not receive lucrative paychecks like athletes in mainstream professional sports. So hopefully this will make people appreciate just how hard Olympians work, often just for the love of the sport,” Jones said.

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