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Lolo Jones: I’m running track for a medal, not to get famous like a sex tape girl

The amount of attention Lolo Jones received leading up to and during the Olympics irritated a number of people. Lolo failed to win a medal, yet she was easily the most popular female track-and-field star in London because she has an outgoing personality and was open about being a virgin. However, Jones insists that she could have found much more efficient ways to capture the public’s attention if that were her only goal.

“I’m not running track to be the most famous person,” Jones explained during an interview with KCCI in Des Moines. “If I wanted to do that, I would totally do a Kim Kardashian or Snooki. I’d do a sex tape or something like that if I wanted fame. I’m running track to get a medal, so if I had that medal, that would make me content.”

A couple of weeks ago, we saw how upset Lolo was after the New York Times ripped her apart for hogging the spotlight. Two of her fellow teammates seemed to agree with the article, as they blasted Jones for commanding all the attention despite not winning a medal. Their comments came as a surprise to Lolo.

“Yeah, that was kind of a shocker,” she explained. “I didn’t see that one coming at all. I kind of understand their frustration, I guess, because they feel like they don’t have media or photo shoots or any of that off-the-track stuff that they might want. But from my end of it, if I had a medal, that’s all I would need.”

With attention comes jealousy. When Jones decided she was going to be open with the public and share intimate secrets about herself, she signed herself up for resentment in the process.

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Previously: Lolo Jones criticized by her teammates
Previously: Lolo Jones opens up about being a virgin

Photos via Lolo Jones/Twitter



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  • scahtziemartin

    Lolo, will you marry me?

  • scahtziemartin

    Everyone is associating her as a track star that did not win a medal.
    I look at her as a very beautiful lady who happens to run track and was invited to the Olympics.
    Everyone needs to quit knocking her just becaause they want to.
    Why not say something good about her?
    Lolo, will you marry me?
    I promise not to tell you how beautiful you are no more than twenty-five times a day!

  • Erika Me

    Just because someone shares something about themselves, it does not mean that others can treat that person rottenly.  I believe her too regarding being content if she had a medal.  Well wishes to her coming from Minnesota.  :-)

  • AngelsandDemons1

    Desperate fu&ks!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AXANUCVP3O2OD2L7LJ4IU6GG24 Buford T Justice

    Lo, Lo…the Olympics are over….it’s time to get together with your new man….me Alboni

    I’m on twitter as  marrymelolojones – let do this!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AXANUCVP3O2OD2L7LJ4IU6GG24 Buford T Justice

    Lo, Lo….just come to me my little buttercup

    get in touch….alboni101@yahoo.com

  • Ramesh Kancharla

    yeah..medal, that’s what counts. That’s called winning and you are a loser that too a sore loser.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3JZ3UAQ7KZH5SYRE2BSFNSRGFQ Michael W

    You’re an idiot who doesnt know anything about track. . She won three NCAA titles and garnered 11 All-American honors while at LSU. She won indoor national titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009 in the 60 m hurdles, with gold medals at the World Indoor Championships in 2008 and 2010. She was favored to win the 100 m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but she tripped on the penultimate hurdle, finishing in seventh place. She went on to win silver at the 2008 World Athletics Final. Jones is the American record holder in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.72

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3JZ3UAQ7KZH5SYRE2BSFNSRGFQ Michael W

    Hey, sand rat from India, get clue. Lolo Jones was winning and setting US records in track long before the 2012 Olympics. She won three NCAA titles and garnered 11 All-American honors while at LSU. She won indoor national titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009 in the 60 m hurdles, with gold medals at the World Indoor Championships in 2008 and 2010. She was favored to win the 100 m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but tripped on the penultimate hurdle, finishing seventh. She went on to win silver at the 2008 World Athletics Final. Lolo is the American record holder in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.72. Go worship a cow or some other Indian/Pakistani woman-like animal.

  • scahtziemartin

    I did not say she was not a winner, I simply stated she was criticized because she did not win an Olympic Medal.Chill Michael and be civil, the world willbe better and it might lower your blood pressure.Thank you for alluding to all her accomplichments.I hope you posted those for the critics to see.I am not her critic and am giving her more praise now too.Thank you for the Bio. Subject: [larrybrownsports] Re: Lolo Jones: I’ m running track for a medal, not to get famous like a sex tape girl

  • http://twitter.com/jrlbruschi Joseph Loiselle

    Wow!  Some angry people out here.  I’ll say that I’m a big fan of LOLO JONES and was pulling hard for her to win a medal in London.  The fact that she didn’t does not diminish her accomplishments as a track athlete or person.  Keep doing your thing girl and make as much money as you can.  Only the jealous ones will have negative things to say and they’re not worth your time.  You are a beautiful, educated, well-spoken young lady with good morals and values and a ROLE MODEL for young girls everywhere.  Smokin Joe

  • http://twitter.com/jrlbruschi Joseph Loiselle

    I echo those comments Smokin Joe!

  • le_Fache

    Yet she continues on with the talkshow circuit and granting interviews and dolling herself up for every photo shoot?
    Yeah, right babe.

  • le_Fache

    Perhaps she can cast herself in the lead role of the remake of ‘The Crying Game”

  • bevus

    She just likes it rough!

  • palmbeach808

    That comment about kim kardashian doing a sex tape to be famous is ignorant . Maybe before you judge and blast someone else you should get the facts straight. You apparently do not want people to judge you or have attention for being a virgin which is lovely but wouldn’t you think that perhaps Kim Kardashian did not want the attention she got from making a tape with someone she loved that was her boyfriend at the time??!!! Hello! She did not put it out there. Get your facts straight and don’t judge others and then say you don’t want attention for things other than a medal or to be judged because of your choices – which is exactly what you did in mentioning other people in your statement in this article! Perhaps peole giving comments for media should be careful of what they say.

  • LostFL

    I’ll bet you were pulling hard for her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1336927250 Clay Jones

    Chill, Mike.  We’re all fans here.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/HZXK3ZV6MXFVZ5ENADOKLMMAFM Patrick

    Get her on DWTS! She will pull in big ratings!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T3AFTHGKQ6DSFMWWMHMB5UIJME Chris Chase

    You are belittling her career by calling her someone who “happens” to run track and was invited. Track is who she is and she EARNED her way to the Olympics by shutting up all the naysayers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VVVM5VMKQCMFKLNKE5MJZSLFWU Mark

    I’m aware of her NCAA accomplishments, but an Olympic medal is most track star’s biggest goal and the media built up a lot of hype for her to fall short, she shouldn’t be shocked about how the tore her down.  At this point it would be better to lay low .

  • scahtziemartin

    No kidding. Everyone who is invited earned it.
    What is wrong with you?

    Sent from my Windows Phone

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Duke-Fawcett/100000451488181 Duke Fawcett

     What do you call people that are upset others are getting the attention they craved for themselves? Jealous.

  • Wil H

    If she didnt crave fame she wouldnt have done the “Hey! Look at me! Im a Virgin” interviews before London

    Ya know Im pretty sure out of the 10,000+ athletes at the 2012 Games there were probably a few other Virgins around her age but I didnt see THEM doing interviews about it. 

  • Wil H

     Ummmm where exactly did Mark say or insinuate that he was “upset”?

  • ru1dt

    Clearly you haven’t seen the Kardashian sex tape if you’re calling it “making a tape with someone she loved.” I’m by no means proud I saw it, but that tape is as blatant a publicity stunt as you could get (although it was probably by Ray J more than Kim).

    Throughout the whole thing they’re talking to the camera as if it’s meant for other people. “Hi, I’m Kim and I’m going to…well let me just show you. [Proceeds to suck dick]“

  • ru1dt

    Lolo Jones doesn’t crave attention and fame, but she goes on as many radio and TV interviews as possible to prove exactly how much she doesn’t want it. Athletic career aside, if you don’t want media attention then don’t voluntarily go on a tour of media outlets.

  • le_Fache

    Good point and VERY likely I’m sure

  • killerpizza

    the teablow lite media path wasn’t that interesting.
    that said… i hope she does good in the future.

  • Mister_Jones27

    Damn, she is gorgeous. … Marry ME.  You wouldn’t even have to change your last name.  You could even hypen if you wanted to … Then you could be Lolo Jones-Jones. 

  • rockoutLAW

    I have said this before about this beutiful, talented, RECORD SETTING WOMAN (and LoLo sang it at Sunday school also).  Hide it under a bushel not I’M GONNA LET IT SHINE.

     She is not obligated to live her life under a bushel like the commentors here and other places would like.  She can go on TV.  She can tell the truth.  She can wear a swim suit. She can say she is a virgin.  And, BTW: she is not “admitting” it, or “divulging it” or “condeding it.”  It is a fact of her life – frigging live with it. She is not obligated to do things our way.   

    And the only thing she ever want (it seems to me) is for people to tell the story fairly and honestly.  Without taunting her, without ripping her and without using it so they have a stupid story to write.  And, just once every four years,  Just support here as an athlete when she pours her heart out – for herself AND her country.

    But, the people that want to give our participation medals, and bitch about the honor roll – just won’t have it. Just aks Skip Bayless. 

    BOOYAH LoLo. 

    If my son did not have a nice girlfriend – I would pray to go he met a woman like you. 

       

  • Dan Santa Maria

    Lolo is a young lady that has her goals straight.  She needs not listen to all of the individuals that put her down or those that make sensless offers of marriage.  Stick with your goals Lolo, there are a tremendous amount of supporters out there pulling for you!  YOU are a WINNER, go for the GOLD!

  • In_my_View

    Beautiful woman and fantastic athlete.

    She says, ““I’m not running track to be the most famous person,” Jones explained during an interview with KCCI in Des Moines. “If I wanted to do that, I would totally do a Kim Kardashian or Snookie. I’d do a sex tape or something like that if I wanted fame. I’m running track to get a medal, so if I had that medal, that would make me content.””

    Got to call BS where BS exists.  Track and field is not a sports associated with getting famous unless you win the gold.  Sure you go for the gold medal win, but you know that you’ll be famous for it too with all the endorsements, money.  Silver and bronze very little fame and almost no money.

    And by publicly stating she’s a virgin, she trying to do everything in her power to stay in the limelight.  May as well be posting bikini photos daily.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WVFEU5C6TBXK6MXQG45G2F22LA DontFSendMeToTexas

    are you trying to be clever, or are you just dense. Jones finished first in the 2008 trials and third this year after back surgery. She was leading by a big margin in Bejing when she tipped the second to last hurdle. Her career at LSU is sterling. I don’t like her ponding religion into our faces and her mention of being a virgin, but any rational person must give her due as a world class hurdler.

  • Osbro1970

    Lolo is AWESOME!!  She is an amazing runner and an amazing role model for young women everywhere! Stay pure and stay gold!

  • silly102rabbit

    That was the funniest thing I have read in a long time palmbeach808! If you think for 1 second that the aforementioned sex tape was anything but a publicity stunt, then I’ve got a bridge in the Sahara to sell you!

    Lolo drew a valid comparision: reality whores seeking attention for riske behavior and/or having no talent = Kim K & Snooki. Hard working elite athlete letting her guard down and giving the public the opportunity to get to know her a little = Lolo Jones…they are not one in the same.  Now as for you, stick to keeping up w/ the vapid kardashians and stay off the sports related pages-they are for the grown ups.