New Mom Sarah Brown Lost Her Olympic Bid—But Gained Something More Important

The elite runner and new mama, who trained for the Olympics through an unplanned pregnancy, isn't headed to Rio after all—but she has something so much better.

Sarah Brown dreamed of running in the Olympics, a dream that seemed destined to come true....but then something surprising happened.

Brown, who had been favored to make the 2016 U.S. running team in the 800 and 1500 meter races, learned she was pregnant despite having an IUD. And that news changed everything.

Brown remained determined throughout her pregnancy: She trained hard, worked out daily and attended the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon. Unfortunately, she didn't make the team—but she's sharing an important message in the wake of her defeat.

Brown posted a photograph of herself holding her 4-month-old daughter, captioning the shot: "Today wasn't the fairy-tale ending you dream about. But then again, this journey never really was about an ending, it's a beginning. A new chapter as a family of three."

Brown's husband (who also happens to be her coach) posted about his wife's loss on social media as well. "With a lap to go, things got tough," he wrote. "I could tell something wasn't right. Her stride sank, but her fight didn't. Even as she began to struggle, she never stopped fighting. Not until she crossed that finish line...For anybody who may think that today is a disappointment, you've missed the point. It's not."

Clearly, the athlete understands what's really important. A documentary series called Run Mama Run gives us insight into the runner's journey from learning she was pregnant to competing in the trials. It's nothing short of inspirational—but we're more impressed by her clarity in the aftermath of what some might call failure.