Lolo Jones and Her Pretty Girl Problem

August 8, 2012  |  

This hasn’t been Olympic Hurdler Lolo Jones’ week and ironically it has less to do with her not bringing home a medal after placing fourth in her 100-meter race last night, and more to do with what happens when the pretty girl doesn’t live up to the pedestal society placed her on simply because of her looks.

Let me explain that a bit. Lolo is a stellar athlete. The 30 year old’s sheer participation in this year’s games tells you that, as do the Indoor World Champion medals and records she holds. Is she the best hurdler on the American team? I’m not qualified to judge that, but I do know she’s received more mainstream attention than any other woman on the American track team. New York Times writer Jere Longman would say that’s because of a carefully calculated effort on Lolo and her PR team’s part. I think American bias plays a bigger role in that coverage than the columnist acknowledges.

In his piece, “For Lolo Jones, Everything Is Image,” the author wrote:

“Jones has received far greater publicity than any other American track and field athlete competing in the London Games. This was based not on achievement but on her exotic beauty and on a sad and cynical marketing campaign. Essentially, Jones has decided she will be whatever anyone wants her to be — vixen, virgin, victim — to draw attention to herself and the many products she endorses.”

“Women have struggled for decades to be appreciated as athletes. For the first time at these Games, every competing nation has sent a female participant. But Jones is not assured enough with her hurdling or her compelling story of perseverance. So she has played into the persistent, demeaning notion that women are worthy as athletes only if they have sex appeal. And, too often, the news media have played right along with her.”

If you recall, Lolo has spoken quite openly about her virginity over the years—a choice I mentioned before I didn’t think was wise because it invites the very type of backlash exhibited here. Longman wasn’t writing this piece as an op-ed on sexism in sports coverage, he wrote it because he was disappointed that he expected Lolo to lose her race yesterday, which she did. For him, that confirmed his assumption that she thinks she’s too sexy for her sports bra. I say that because he opened the article with, “judging from this year’s performances, Lolo Jones seems to have only a slim chance of winning an Olympic medal in the 100-meter hurdles and almost no possibility of winning gold.” He then outlines the so-called scandalous endeavors she’s been involved in off the track, like posing nude for ESPN and being nearly naked on the cover of Outside magazine, saying, “If there is a box to check off, Jones has checked it. Except for the small part about actually achieving Olympic success as a hurdler.”

The crux of Longman’s article is Lolo had no right to make us interested in her if she wasn’t going to deliver the goods, better yet the gold. This backlash is proof of one simple thing: when you’re hot (because of your looks and your skill) everyone loves you, and when you’re not, the praise and the recognition fades as though it were never there. Longman would have no problem with Lolo’s image if she actually won. Yet his argument still isn’t that Lolo should have spent more time training than taking pics and that’s because he can’t argue that. Lolo did train—for four years—to participate in the Olympics this year. Unfortunately, that still hasn’t stopped the athlete from being called the Anna Kournikova of track, a slight that brought the hurdler to tears on the “Today Show” as she relayed her feelings on the backlash, saying:

“I think it was crazy just because it was two days before I competed, and then the fact that it was from a U.S. media…They should be supporting our U.S. Olympic athletes and instead they just ripped me to shreds. I just thought that that was crazy because I worked six days a week, every day, for four years for a 12-second race and the fact that they just tore me apart, which is heartbreaking.”

“I have the American record. I am the American record holder indoors, I have two world indoor titles. Just because I don’t boast about these things, I don’t think I should be ripped apart by media. I laid it out there, fought hard for my country and it’s just a shame that I have to deal with so much backlash when I’m already so brokenhearted as it is.”

 

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  • Lapuddin

    Anybody out there that chose there mother’s and father’s step up. Lolo did not choose her parents either, people are focusing on her skin color the texture of her hair if we all had a choice before our birth how would we choose to be? She hyped herself up what the hell was she suppose to do say what i said before speak down on herself she put herself up that is what anyone competing would do. It is a shame that we all focus on the skin color and the beauty of a person. And for others representing this county to speak down on another shows others what? Lolo worked hard just like every other person competing in the Olympics. CONGRATS TO ALL THAT COMPETED AND WORKED HARD TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT THEY HAVE. PROUD TO BE AN AMERICA.

  • Allyce

    I like Lolo. I think the journalist’s comments were harsh because she is an attractive athlete who did not win “gold.” I doubt if he would have been as harsh on a handsome male athlete. At the end of the day, she did what I could not do “compete in the Olympics.” She is to be commended for being at the games. By the way, I’m a sister. No crabs in the barrel ova here!

  • Poor widdle Lolo. You need to woman up!
    The white editors and publishers could put you on a cover but the real women beat you before the entire world– for a SECOND time.
    You know Lolo, if you lose enough times, doesn’t that make you…a loser?
    Too late to blame the media now. You had no problem with them as long as they were pimping you for cash. Now that they’re tired of praising a loser you want to get mad at them?
    Don’t think you’re going to play the victim now. You’re an overrated model who had no business in sports. Plain as that.

  • StayTrueToThee

    So what she hyped herself up and got some publicity. Isn’t that what people in the spotlight do? She is feeling the backlash of “I feel much better watching you fail syndrome because you are all the things I will never be.” I’m so sick of the bullsh** people out there. Pretend if you like this is about something else. It’s not. It’s always about the same thing. People pay attention to attractive people whether they’re worthy or not and the haters come out of the woodwork for the same reason they always do. “Jealousy, envy and resentment.”

  • Andrea Lewis

    The sole purpose for bolstering the image of any celebrity is to shoot them down later. Why do so many people fall for it? There’s a reason smart celebs like Robert Deniro and Al Pacino are seldom seen in the media. They know what the score is and they’re not falling for it.

  • lapuddin

    Lolo did not pay a fee to enter the Olympics she worked hard to get there it wasn’t an election to see if she was pretty enough to enter the Olympics she worked hard to get there. If she is on twitter saying what she would like to accomplish when she gets there what do you expect her to say “Oh well you know i don’t expect to do well in the Olympics because in the previous Olympics i came in seventh so i am tweeting you all to let you know don’t expect nothing from me” What the hell is wrong if you or the person from the newspaper is complaining it seems to me you have something personal and lets get it straight this is business. Lolo is who she is yes she is attractive what do you want her to do put on a not attractive mask on she is who she is. She worked hard because she stated her past about being homeless living in a car and being on welfare and food stamps so if there is an opportunity for her to do well whether she is a virgin are what that is her choice and nothing is wrong with her choices. And if a corporation chooses her why is it her fault for there choice come on folks get real. CONGRATS TO ALL THAT COMPETED IN THE OLYMPICS THAT WORKED SO HARD TO GET WHERE THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY ACCOMPLISHED.

  • Ms. Blue

    The media is notorious for promoting beautiful women no matter what they achieve or don’t achieve. This is no different. In the end, history will record that Lolo was a beautiful girl that lost and her teammates Dawn Harper (silver) and Kellie Wells (bronze) won. Not that Lolo is a bad athlete, she just didn’t win a medal. More irritating to me is the fact that she keeps talking about her virg*nity. No one needs to know if you are kicking it or not.

  • Guest

    Looks-wise, she’s aight…

    • beauty85

      Yeah I don’t know what the big hype is about her looks, she really is just ok, , I’m not impressed I have seen better light or dark

  • gmarie

    I don’t think it’s fair to blame her because the media as well as the audience took an interest in her story. People like who they like. And she’s accomplished a great deal in her athletic career-do you know how many world class athletes are home now beating themselves up because they didn’t even qualify to be in London this year? Okay so she didn’t medal but let’s not downplay her accomplishments.

    Dawn and Kelli would probably have gotten more shine if they weren’t so busy being catty. Crying foul over a girl who lost instead of being honored that it is THEIR NAMES that will go down in the history books. This whole thing is a mess. What happened to patriotism and supporting ALL of our athletes for showing up?

  • kierah

    Lolo has it even worse than Anna Kournikova. Anna could be seen in the US markets every year. The US only gives serious attention to track and field every 4 years. She’s trying to strike while the iron is hot.
    She teased American men with her “look, but don’t touch” mantra and they are going to make her pay for it.
    Media ain’t your friend, Lolo. They will build you up so they can knock you down. Sorry you didn’t medal at this Olympics either, but it’s time you dumped the victim banner.

  • CA Pullen

    Lolo just have to work and train harder. Congrats to the beautiful Dawn Harper and Kelli Wells ( I think that is her name and Kelli is a HBCU grad Go Hampton U!)

  • Lisa

    Be careful what you wish for….When LoLo was getting media attention for looking “exotic”, she was OK with that. She never once asked to focus on her athleticism and dedication. Now that she got the global media platform she aimed for and didn’t produce, she is the victim. Oh well, the endorsements will stll flood in bc she’s pretty. Meanwhile the two black girls who completely dusted her, will have to work twice as hard for every penney they stand to make, because they don’t have green eyes and long hair.

  • Deedee_404

    I think often times as Americans we come into events like the Olympics believing that those portrayed as the best to us via the media are the best of the best even when history shows that certain events are not our forte. Lolo Jones is one of the best hurdlers the US has to offer on the short track ( aka 50m), but when you stack her up next to Dawn Harper who won GOLD in Beijing she doesn’t make the cut. But she is prettier than Harper and single (Harper married college sweetheart). She will get more shine than Kellie Wells because she went to a big school (LSU) versus and Hbcu ( Wells went to Hampton). It just is what it is.

  • 1micmcna1

    This is ridiculous. We are criticizing and finger-wagging for an athlete making herself more profitable. Look, this is great for Lolo as well as all the other runners. Why? Because it gets people talking, name recognition, publicity and so on. This is crazy to me. It’s not as if the olympics are every year. These athletes have to capitalize on the time leading up to and after this wonderful event. Yet, she gets bullied for being smart and linking up with good management and PR. Plus, some of the other Olympic athletes have lucrative endorsement deals as well. And not to mention that she was recovering from having surgery on a tethered spinal cord. Look the thing is that when people learn more about you, they feel more comfortable with you, which leads to more endorsements. The reason why we weren’t talking about Kellie Wells six months ago was because we knew little about her. If she was smart (she was the bronze medalist) then she would reveal more about herself because the reality is that we treat athletes like robots until we know more about them and then treat them like humans. But even then, they aren’t normal humans, they are either the subject of our ire or heroes to us or younger generations for whatever reason.

  • 1micmcna1

    This is ridiculous. We are criticizing and finger-wagging for an athlete making herself more profitable. Look, this is great for Lolo as well as all the other runners. Why? Because it gets people talking, name recognition, publicity and so on. This is crazy to me. It’s not as if the olympics are every year. These athletes have to capitalize on the time leading up to and after this wonderful event. Yet, she gets bullied for being smart and linking up with good management and PR. Plus, some of the other Olympic athletes have lucrative endorsement deals as well. And not to mention that she was recovering from having surgery on a tethered spinal cord. Look the thing is that when people learn more about you, they feel more comfortable with you, which leads to more endorsements. The reason why we weren’t talking about Kellie Wells six months ago was because we knew little about her. If she was smart (she was the bronze medalist) then she would reveal more about herself because the reality is that we treat athletes like robots until we know more about them and then treat them like humans. But even then, they aren’t normal humans, they are either the subject of our ire or heroes to us or younger generations for whatever reason.

  • Hi Yella

    “It’s because Americans are interested in the light-skinned, fair-haired, “exotic” beauty”
    I am so sick and tired of the hypocrisy and colorism of darker skinned sisters against lighter ones for the supposed perks they think we get, when we actually end up outsiders because we are often shunned by our own community. So where is the problem really? The vestiges of Jim Crow are alive indeed. Seems like the author is the one who bought right into what she claims to be railing against….poor logic. Stop being so superficial and colorist and get off her complexion. Jealousy is a sin of distortion.

    • Immapray4u

      What does her being light skinned have to do with jealousy? Are you implying that people are jealous because she looks white?And your name is hi yella……Colorism huh?

    • Amija

      “Hi Yella?” LOL Are you serious? Do you live in a trailer in Louisiana? Who actually uses that term?

    • lapuddin

      @Hi Yella for real. I have never heard of fair-haired before i heard of a finer texture of hair. I am a fair skinned black female with a fine texture of hair i have never used it to say i am better because of how i look. Lolo has a group of people promoting her and that is what they need and it is PR. I came up with blacks hating me and whites doing the same. We don’t choose who we are GOD does that except who you are black, white, hispanic….. ect….. Embrace life

    • lapuddin

      @Hi Yella for real. I have never heard of fair-haired before i heard of a finer texture of hair. I am a fair skinned black female with a fine texture of hair i have never used it to say i am better because of how i look. Lolo has a group of people promoting her and that is what they need and it is PR. I came up with blacks hating me and whites doing the same. We don’t choose who we are GOD does that except who you are black, white, hispanic….. ect….. Embrace life

    • lapuddin

      @Hi Yella for real. I have never heard of fair-haired before i heard of a finer texture of hair. I am a fair skinned black female with a fine texture of hair i have never used it to say i am better because of how i look. Lolo has a group of people promoting her and that is what they need and it is PR. I came up with blacks hating me and whites doing the same. We don’t choose who we are GOD does that except who you are black, white, hispanic….. ect….. Embrace life

    • lapuddin

      @Hi Yella for real. I have never heard of fair-haired before i heard of a finer texture of hair. I am a fair skinned black female with a fine texture of hair i have never used it to say i am better because of how i look. Lolo has a group of people promoting her and that is what they need and it is PR. I came up with blacks hating me and whites doing the same. We don’t choose who we are GOD does that except who you are black, white, hispanic….. ect….. Embrace life

    • lapuddin

      @Hi Yella for real. I have never heard of fair-haired before i heard of a finer texture of hair. I am a fair skinned black female with a fine texture of hair i have never used it to say i am better because of how i look. Lolo has a group of people promoting her and that is what they need and it is PR. I came up with blacks hating me and whites doing the same. We don’t choose who we are GOD does that except who you are black, white, hispanic….. ect….. Embrace life

  • Hi Yella

    “It’s because Americans are interested in the light-skinned, fair-haired, “exotic” beauty”
    I am so sick and tired of the hypocrisy and colorism of darker skinned sisters against lighter ones for the supposed perks they think we get, when we actually end up outsiders because we are often shunned by our own community. So where is the problem really? The vestiges of Jim Crow are alive indeed. Seems like the author is the one who bought right into what she claims to be railing against….poor logic. Stop being so superficial and colorist and get off her complexion. Jealousy is a sin of distortion.

  • Candacey Doris

    I wasn’t that disappointing for Lolo. I was too busy being ecstatic for our winners. We’re up to 81 golds, beating out China! We got so many medals today. Lolo is only 30, she can come back next time in Rio. So everyone lay off her and watch the other athletes, especially those beautiful men we have competing.

  • ABeautifulWoman

    Article is spot on… Women unlike men run comparisons with one another. It is one of the reasons they hate each other so much, ESPECIALLY if a woman has it going on. The attitude becomes that of “oh she thinks she’s all that” or “those are fake anyway”. The aspect of hate is not foreign to most women when it comes to beauties…. <– copied that from
    http://halloftheblackdragon.com/reel/1123/the-curse-of-being-a-beautiful-woman.html

  • Lo

    Was I the only one who didn’t know she’s Black?! Lol

    • MLS2698

      Maybe. But I would like to know when light skin, greenish eyes, and a really good relaxer made anybody ” exotic.” I know some people who have two black parents who look like her.

  • Love Olympics

    If Sanya Richards Ross would have lost the 400M final this year, she still would have been the story. She had a rough race in Beijing and ended up crying beneath the stands, so the media was all over her this year. They love those stories. Unlike Lola, Sanya pulled it out. But Lola’s hype was deserved. She’s phenomenal. I don’t get the hate.

  • Guest360

    I’m really sick of the criticism these girls are getting. From Gabby and her hair to Lolo not winning (by .2 seconds guys lol), it’s beyond ridiculous. Lolo did fine. No she didn’t win a medal but when you factor in the fact she lost by a fraction of a second, some are making a mountain out of a mole hill. She came in 4th place and it wasn’t by a large margin. She’s a great athlete with a lot of records under her belt. I can understand being disappointed she didn’t get the gold or at least medal but the vicious comments is just uncalled for if you ask me. The US loves to build people up, put them on a pedestal, and then promptly push them off when they get to the top. No wonder the girl cried. Just a few days ago she was getting all the love and support from the media and when she doesn’t win, people turn on her with a quickness. It’s crazy…..

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    *shrug* I knew of Kellie Williams because I read about her in my subscription of runners’s world and I read about Allison Felix in women’s fitness. . .

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  • rit

    who is she, in London we are not even covering her, but the ones from USA that are actually coming first or second. Get with it, fickle USA. She is a nobody, only created off your hype and so called created pedestal.

    • LoganBee

      NOBODY cares about London,USA is the BEST nation in the universe.

      • London Born and bred

        idiot London isnt a nation, seriously you American are so naive and stupid. Education system of a 3rd world country.

  • DUMBBBEACHPLEASE

    SO I GUESS IF YOU FAIL OR S UCK AND YOU’RE LIGHT SKINNED NO ONE CAN COMMENT OR THEY’RE JEALOUS? BEACH PLEASE YOU S UCK DONT CARE IF YOU’RE LIGHT OR MIDNIGHT

  • KitKat

    Lolo’s attention was quite ubiquitous leading up to the games. You hardly ever heard anything about Felix of this woman : http://tinyurl.com/9vvmju3

    I think the sad thing is that the same ‘standards of beauty’ still pervade our collective psyche as a nation and especially the white controlled media. Looking at her, I couldn’t tell whether she was black, white, biracial, etc. Native? Other? … She’s pretty yes, but at the end of the Games, she’s no gold medalist. She had a lot of pressure, but…so did Phelps leading up to Beijing.

    It is somewhat sexist, but to give her a fair shake, she only had one even to prove herself. It’s too bad she couldn’t deliver gold for all the hype that was delivered around her.

  • I think publicity distracted her focus immensely. Unfortunately, it causes more pressure for winning more than anything. I could tell her focus was off when she came out the blocks. Now had there been no limelight she may could have placed, but only Lolo knows why she didn’t. If her focus is modeling then model, if not run track and let others profile you as they will regardless.

  • Miss D

    I think the whole controversy surrounding her has more to do with disproportionate media coverage than her looks. She is obviously talented to have made it to the Olympics, and her looks/PR team help her image too. No one’s saying she shouldn’t use her beauty to her advantage. When it came down to the wire, she came in 4th. Yet, she is receiving far more media attention than her teammates who medaled. The media usually isn’t looking to interview a 4th place finisher, from what I’ve seen. It does seem unfair. I am not marginalizing Jones’ talent, but I can understand why her teammates feel slighted.

  • Lala

    so tired of women of color being referred to as “exotic.” Exotic to whom and where is the geographic reference? I am not sure why someone would pose nude or semi-clothed and then wonder why the media would be harsh about not taking them seriously as an athlete.

  • Guest1234

    She’s annoying. I just want her to go away. The second she started talking very publicly about her sex life (or lack thereof), just to get some attention, I was officially disgusted. That is just pathetic. If you sacrifice your dignity and privacy to the media vultures, don’t get upset when they turn around and eat you.

  • Smara

    Personally, I don’t think Lolo is the prettiest of the track and field bunch. Alison Felix takes the cake, hand down. But Lolo, of all the non-white girls, is the most Eurocentric. If I ran the media, it would have been Alison time, ALL the time, ya dig?

    • satch

      allison does not look better than lolo.

      • At last Allyson is nicely shaped, she’s not too pale and her long hair is real!!

    • IJS

      Have to agree – Allison seems to just have a more down-to-earth vibe about her. And that’s very attractive.

  • beck0974

    And yet, no mention of the two American women that actually won medals: Dawn Harper (silver) and Kellie Wells (bronze).

    • d

      thank you

    • d

      thank you

    • get real

      And these are the 2 who openly have dissed Lolo. I saw it on bossip a few minutes ago and i said to myself “let me see what these 2 look like”. 1 dark skinned and 1 brown skinned chick. I knew it. Look dark skinned women when are are you guys going to lose the inferiority complex that you have about being dark? Stop hating on light skinned women. Damn. And they’re comments were so pathetic and self defeating. “the media is constantly talking about her and not us”

      • cheekee baby

        You don’t think the 2008 gold defending champion doesn’t have a right to be annoyed that she didn’t get the exposure/profits for actually winning that the 7th place finisher did? Really? You don’t see a problem with that? You made this about complexion. No one else. It has really more to do with who’s more aesthetically pleasing racially neutral enough to sell products.

        • get real

          So what you didn’t get exposure? You don’t slam your teammate for it or anyone else for that matter. Just deal with it and keep it moving. But that jealously of that biracial girl is there from these dark chicks. And it’s been like that since the beginning of time. Dark skinned women let it go please. I’m dark skinned and wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m from America but sometimes people mistake me for being African. And I love it. Get over this dark skinned nonsense black women.

          • cheekee baby

            No one is jealous. Stop making this about them being jealous of her complexion. They are upset (rightfully so) that they did not get the attention for actually accomplishing something. She got unwarranted attention for choking. Answer this, if either of them had run the 2008 race that she did (tripping and losing) do you think we would have heard anything more than a fleeting recap of it? Heck no.

      • Gt real, either you’re one of the white editors trying to justify your Lolo-fetish after the fact or some self-hating chump who despises dark-skinned women just because.
        Either way the champions brought home the hardware and the high-yellow chick brought home zip. Deal with it!

    • Ebony

      Thank you, I did not see one article about Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells!
      Lolo Jones needs to grow up because this is the real world!

      • get real

        Just saw an interview with these 2 and they look worse then I thought. One broad had ghetto azz purple streaks in her hair. And the other chick looked like Patrick Ewing. A damn man in the face. So I know where their hate is coming from. It’s coming from their self hate and jealously of that gorgeous black biracial girl. Smh at dark skinned chicks.

  • Gimmeabreak78

    I actually agree with Longman’s article. Lolo has to understand that she can’t have it both ways. Yes, she’s a very talented hurdler, but eventually, people expect talent to win on a big stage, and get frustrated (and yes, even critical) when it doesn’t. Just ask LeBron James or Tim Tebow. She cannot expect to profit from the media attention, exploiting the heroic athlete who loses in the grand competition (like she does in her Nike ad), and then cry foul when people rightly criticize her for being a bunch of hype. That’s sports marketing 101. Tim Tebow, LeBron James and Anna Kournikova have all been talented in their respective sports, but they all had to deal with the media scrutiny that comes with being a talented athlete with no championships. I was actually surprised to see her crying on the Today Show this morning. She needs to quit whining and keep cashing her checks while her looks/story/notoriety still make her interesting.

  • Kay

    Lolo jones has catapulted off being a virgin and pretty and then an athlete..I hear more about model shoots and press conferences about being a virgin then I hear about her hurdle running ability

  • Kenedy

    The way the American media hyped her over the course….i could have sworn she was favored to win…i never really heard of her until these Olympics….she did good….but obviously 3 more people were better than her, including 2 Americans, who got no media coverage whatsoever

  • Emm

    This article is missing a huge point.
    This isn’t about LoLo being pretty and everyone having a pretty girl bias.
    LoLo, her PR team, and her twitter were working hand in hand with the media in generating and cultivating all the buzz around her as an athlete, sex symbol, virgin, and etc. Unfortunately for her, she will always be an athlete first and she failed to do what everyone thought she was going to– prove that on a global stage.
    Also remember that for an athlete who came in 7th placed after being favored to take home gold in Beijing and her failure to medal this year she is definitely going to face some scurinty.
    Also, LoLo after her poor performance in Beijing walked away with 7 endorsements, while the actual winner– ANOTHER BLACK FEMALE AMERICAN Dawn Harper who took home GOLD walked away with 1 endorsement and half of the attention of LoLo.
    Let the cards fall where they may, but LoLo isn’t a victim here, when you set standards for yourself on a global stage– media commentary will always be around, whether you win or lose!

    • Gimmeabreak78

      Exactly. Lolo can’t have it both ways. She did a great job exploiting the marketability of her looks and her back story. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, for someone who is 30 years old, she is extremely naive to think that losing on a big stage when you are a much-hyped athlete wouldn’t be criticized. I mean, has she never heard of Lebron James? As she said herself, you have to win to silence your critics. Well–her critics are still talking. That’s life.

      • Huh?

        They were dogging her BEFORE she lost. That’s the thing. That NYT article came out before her race after she’d creamed everyone in her heat. It was malicious and ridiculous.

        • Ann

          She wasn’t even predicted to win the race and Dawn was the defending champion. I don’t feel bad for Lolo. I was tired of her being shoved down my throat. I’m sure the next thing up for Lolo will be Dancing with the Stars. Maybe she can win that crystal ball.

        • Gimmeabreak78

          What are you talking about? She came in third in her semifinal heat and didn’t qualify automatically for the final. She barely made the Olympic team. You seem convinced to believe the fairytale of Lolo as the 100m hurdle favorite.

        • Emily

          Why was she not focusing on her race and sitting on the Internet. THAT is a sign of immaturity and another example of how NOT READY this girl was for the big time. Real athletes THRIVE on the doubts of others. She was a PUNK who we are all supposed to coddle because she looks White?. Maybe she should ask Venus and Serena Williams about the mind of a true athlete and compare her ONE negative article to years of hatred towards the Williams sisters (who have broken records in the Olympics to the sounds of silence in the American press) who win despite the treacherous behavior of the citizens in their home nation towards them… please.

          • Mike

            You mad ‘cuz she’s prettier than you. You a hater.

    • Huh?

      Lolo had the fastest time on the hurdles at Beijing. She would have won except she hit a hurdle and fell. It’s not like she got 7th because she was slow. It was a fluke accident that could’ve happened to anybody. Everybody loves a comeback kid and she tried to play that angle but failed. Kind of. I mean, is it really a failure when you’re running the 100M hurdles at the friggin OLYMPICS and get fourth fastest in the WORLD? Sure it isn’t first, but it’s a heckuva lot better than any one of us is doing. Im just saying

      • Ann

        I love how people are turning this around like finishing 4th and not getting a medal in the Olympics is an achievement. I’m trying to remember any other 4th place athlete this year that is getting more exposure than the people who are on the podium. Don’t get me wrong. I admired anyone who gets to the Olympics. But let’s stop acting like finishing 4th is the same as winning a medal especially when that line of thinking isn’t shared about other athletes who finished in that place.

        Like a lot of people are saying Lolo needs to get a thicker skin because she can’t take advantage of the media and then cry when people are annoyed that they know more about her virginity or magazine covers then what she was running in the Olympics.

        • cheekee baby

          You make a good point. There is a subtle favoritism at work here that no one has the stones to admit to. The defending Olympic American champ didn’t get next to no exposure, yet she, LoLo is featured relentlessly on every sports channel there is. She’s a beautiful woman while the other two actual medalists are average. Swexy sells average doesn’t. Why cry over the criticism when you were profiting off of the hype?

      • MLS2698

        Did you see her last run? She was so far in the right hand lane that I know it had to make that runner extremely uncomfortable. They even showed in slow motion how she was jumping the hurdles in TWO lanes. Now, I’m not a track official, but I know you have to STAY IN YOUR LANE, LITERALLY.

    • Well said…my thoughts exactly

  • ok_dayumm

    I thought about this very topic to myself as I watched her race last night. I wondered about her two American teammates (funny I say teammates because I can’t remember their names) who won silver and bronze…why hadn’t their personal stories been ingrained into our psyches like LoLo’s? If it was her PR team….GREAT JOB…and her teammates need to hire them ASAP cause there’s money to be made. If not, then it’s sad that you still have to look a certain way in this country in order to be deemed attractive or newsworthy. I was shocked to hear that the silver medalist in this race was actually the gold medalist in the previous Olympics….she was actually the frontrunner in this race and should have gotten the most press…..in my opinion.

    • Courtney

      I watched and interview with the other Americans who took silver and bronze, and I must say, they were throwing shade at LoLo and weren’t very graceful winners. It’s like they were mad they didn’t get endorsement deals, when they should simply be happy that they medaled in their race and accomplished a goal of theirs….and not worry about what anyone else is doing. They just seemed hateful, so maybe THAT’S the reason they didn’t get offered any deals…because their personalities left much to be desired. Crying over why someone didn’t care about “my” story is childish, so for that reason, I don’t respect them or their accomplishment, because it seems they’re not running to do their personal best, but for money.

      • ok_dayumm

        I guess I missed the part where they were throwing shade…….what did they do/say that was ungrateful/hateful?

        • ok_dayumm

          @courtney…I was able to catch the interview that you referred to online and I don’t think that they were throwing shade at all…they were telling the truth. Sometimes it gets awkward to hear the truth stated out loud when the truth is not soo pretty. Dawn Harper really did have a back story that was worth telling/hearing and was marketable, but like she said the media went ahead and pushed LoLo’s story. I can’t say for certain why that happened but in the end hard work and talent prevailed.
          And if Dawn and Kellie weren’t running to do their personal best, but only for money, I doubt if they would be holding silver and bronze right now. Money is the other side of the reward for dedicating your LIFE to a sport and I don’t think that any Olympian should be ashamed about getting paid. Like they say “Everyone has a story” and with these Olympians that’s their bread and butter…that’s what makes them marketable.

          • olivia

            It was classless. Love or hate LoLo, she is their TEAMMATE. They should have done better.

            I can understand their feelings but at the end of the day, they won the medals and should have taken the high road. Instead, these two come off as bitter and petty.

            If I were a sponsor I would not hire either one of these chicks. They are not acting like champions…

            • Guest

              Exactly. Whatever chance they had at endorsements, they just killed. True or not, you don’t throw your TEAMMATE under the bus to international media. No matter what you think of your TEAMMATE, you keep that ish in-house. Both of them showed just how classless they are, and would be lucky to be hired for a used car advertisement at this point.

            • Guest

              Exactly. Whatever chance they had at endorsements, they just killed. True or not, you don’t throw your TEAMMATE under the bus to international media. No matter what you think of your TEAMMATE, you keep that ish in-house. Both of them showed just how classless they are, and would be lucky to be hired for a used car advertisement at this point.

          • Duh

            The media pushed Lolo’s story because she should have won in ’08 but didn’t because she fell. The media didn’t care about Dawn Harper because she didn’t win fair and square. She wasn’t the fastest, she got lucky because the fastest girl fell.

            • ok_dayumm

              And how many gold medals does LoLo Jones have? Silver? Bronze?

            • nicthommi

              You say that like someone tripped her. You don’t get the medal b/c everyone thinks you should have won. And you don’t get the medal for being fastest halfway through, just like you don’t win a basketball game b/c you were leading at half-time. A LOT of people can claim that and b/c of injury, falls, or losing steam, they don’t win.
              No one cheated her out of anything and the win was “fair.” Have you seen how many champions have fallen out of competition this Olympics b/c of injuries. To suggest that the people who finally win the medals didn’t have “fair” wins is ludicrous.

              • ok_dayumm

                Exactly….this chick got more press leading up to the olympics than Michael Phelps….on some If I coulda woulda shoulda ish.

          • cheekee baby

            You know why they’re story wasn’t played up. Lolo is marketable and more racially neutral than them. You will play well in foreign markets. The other two will not.

      • Wasn’t that Lolo’s intention when she spilled out her personal life to the media?

    • Gimmeabreak78

      Their names are Kellie Wells (bronze medal) and Dawn Harper (silver medalist). What’s interesting is that Dawn was the gold medalist in ’08 with no sponsors and old track spikes. She had to borrow spikes from a teammate to run her gold medal race in. Compare that with Lolo who was everywhere in ’08 and in these Olympics, but didn’t medal in either one, yet has endorsements with powerhouses like Nike and McDonald’s.

      • cheekee baby

        Yes. and this is why they were so upset and rightfully so.

      • lapuddin

        PR get someone to represent you don’t just sit on the sideline complaining about you having to borrow someone spikes. You have to promote yourself have a team of people in your hometown and home state do fund raises to help you get what you need to represent the state. You have to get your name and status out there so folks can know who you are and what you stand for. You as a athlete is crafting yourself in what you do so you need someone to help. I appreciate all athletes that came out and did the best they can. GET PR and see if that works for you instead of complaining about what is not being done for your accomplishments.

  • get real

    When are you dark skinned black women going to let this bullshi go? I’m so sick of the “let’s hate on light skinned” women nonsesne. The girl can’t help that she’s drop dead gorgeous. Fat black out of shape self hating women do the same bullshi with Beyonce. Who cares why she’s getting attention. Black women jumped down Gabby’s behind over her hair. Blk women you guys have major problems.

    • Nellie

      Not all black women. Some black women

    • Smacks_hoes

      When you make blank generalizations that’s when I stop respecting your opinion….your comment was complete b.s. …..

    • Amija

      You are a real idiot. The article was in the NY Times, written by a man named Jere Longman. How you got dark skinned black woman from that is beyond me.

      • DUMBBEACHPLEASE

        HATING AS USUASL WITH HER AVERAGE TO BELOW AVERAGE LOOKING @$$ TRYING TO USE THAT LIGHT SKN SHT AS A CRUTCH. WE ALL KNOW SOME UGLY LIGHT SKINNED PEOPLE

    • emm

      You sound very unintelligent. When did this become a dark-skin versus light-skin argument? Looks like someone is projecting her own issues onto this article… Did some fat, black out of shape selfing hating woman do you wrong Get Real? Sigh

      • DUMBBEACHPLEASE

        NOPE. SHE KNOWS SANNA, PILAR, JANET, MEGAN, T ONI, AND ALL THE REST LOOK BETTER THAN HER LIGHT SKINNED UGLY @$$

      • DUMBBEACHPLEASE

        I GUESS IF YOU SUCK OR FAIL NO ONE CAN COMMENT ON IT IF YOU’RE LIGHT SKINNED… OR ELSE THEIR JEALOUS. BEACH PLEASE YOU SUCK

      • DUMBBEACHPLEASE

        I GUESS IF YOU S UCK OR FAIL NO ONE CAN COMMENT IF YOU’RE LIGHT SKINNED OR THEY ARE JEALOUS. BEACH PLEASE YOU S UCK. DONT CARE IF YOU’RE LIGHT OR MIDNIGHT LOL

    • Kay

      Your ignorance is showing…. You should cover that up.

    • christinasade

      boo hoo hoo no one cares about your lightskinned tears LOL…

    • DUMBBEACHPLEASE

      BEACH PLEASE WHITE AND LIGHT SKINNED WOMEN TALK SHT ABOUT THEM AS WELL AND THIS BROAD’S LOOKS ARE NOTHING TO ENVY. FURTHERMORE, WHO PROVED THAT IT WAS BLK WOMEN TALKING SHT ABOUT GABBY? DARK SKINNED PILAR LOOKS JUST AS GOOD AS HER AND SHE’S 10 YRS OLDER..NEXT!

    • DUMBBEACHPLEASE

      EVEN ANNA KOURNAKOVA LOOKS A HUNDRED TIMES BETTER THAN HER. NEXT>> JUST BECAUSE YOU SUCK DOESNT MEAN PEOPLE ENVY YOU. ALL LIGHT SKINNED PEOPLE ARE NOT ATTRACTIVE.

    • DUMBBEACHPLEASE

      KOURNAKOVA LOOKS WAAAY BETTER, SO WHY DOESNT SHE HAVE THOSE PROBLEMS? HA HA HA

    • DUMBBEACHPLEASE

      NO ONE WANTS THIS CHICKS FACE NOR BODY. NO ONE WILL EVER GO TO A.PLASTIC SURGEON AND REQUEST ANYTHING OFF OF HER.

    • Yo.. you r spot on.. Mad props

  • C. Sheri

    I agree. Yes, she does come out of the blocks too low and she has been catapulted into the media based on her looks first, then her athleticism. I had this same conversation with someone yesterday. Her photos are everywhere, but not photos of her achievements. More so, photos of her posing for a magazine. If you were to google her name, most of the photos are model shots including related searches such as “Lolo Jones Hot”

  • bri

    She didn’t ask for the hype, the media did that. The media hyped her up then bashed her because she didn’t medal. The thing is she wasn’t even favored to win the race. Lolo is taking pictures because people like her personality and she is pretty. Track runners rarely make money so is she supposed to turn down opportunities because she didn’t live up to the media’s hype. Lolo Jones is a hardworking woman who placed 4th against the best in the world. The man who wrote this article also wrote another article bashing her two days before her race. Sometimes I really hate people.

    • bluekissess

      I have to agree. Since when is it a crime to be beautiful and smart and athletic? This article is so sexist it’s disgusting. No, she didnt win a medal but she sure as hell didn’t get last place. She has to work harder an excellent lesson to teach young girls. If you fail try try again. It funny how everyone talks about the “victory” but keep quite about the hard work and discipline.

    • Amija

      Her pr team did what they were supposed to do and got her name out there. The only thing that really makes her stand out is the fact that she is so pretty. Just like Anna Kournikova (sp. ?) wasn’t the best tennis player but her looks made her popular. Lolo is no different. She def has a pretty girl problem.

    • cheekee baby

      No one faults her for profiting off of her notoriety and looks. Just accept that with that attention and exposure comes criticism. Gotta take the good with the bad or don’t play at all.

  • gracie

    The critics just need to leave this pretty, hardworking and respected woman alone.

  • MLS2698

    Her problem is not being pretty, but simply, the fact that she comes out of the block too low, and her feet tumble like bricks to compensate ( can’t correct at this point). Sorry, but true.

    • DUMBBEACHPLEASE

      IF HER PROBLEM IS BEING TOO PRETTY THEN I GUESS ANNA KOURNAKOVA IS IN A STRAIGHT JACKET OR MENTAL INSTITUTE.