Lolo Jones is attractive. She's an Olympic athlete. She's a celebrity. She's a virgin. As of today, she's now the fourth fastest 100 meter women's hurdler out of over 3 billion women that populate planet earth.
But somewhere along the way Lolo Jones stopped being a person or an athlete and started being a story. A symbol. A label. A debate topic. She was overrated. Overhyped. Overexposed.
Heading into the London Olympics, Lolo Jones only stood behind Michael Phelps as the most famous American Olympic athlete. It was easy to see why. She was different. Lolo Jones was a sex symbol who never had sex. She was a would be gold medalist that never medaled. She had a backstory that NBC primetime could only dream of crafting. And she was able to take in all the pressure, all the hype, all the attention with a smile on her face.
But as the old adage goes, we love nothing more than building people up and subsequently tearing them down. Ever since she got to London, Lolo Jones has been chipped away at from all angles.
First there was a mini controversy that arose after a shooting tweet Jones sent was taken out of context. Then came a hit piece from the New York Times that criticized Jones for having the downright nerve to be good-looking and a good athlete and marketable. How dare she! Jere Longman delivered a sledgehammer that featured an expert comparing Lolo Jones to Anna Kournikova and more harsh words:no comments