Thursday June 20, 2013
Lolo Jones is a phenomenal hurdler, though the window has closed on her gold medal chances. In Beijing, when she was 26 years old and was ranked #1 in the world, she had an unfortunate mishap. She’s still among the best in the world (4th to be exact), and people act as though that’s not good enough. The idiot who writes for the New York Times, obviously does’nt follow track and field, as most people don’t. However, when the olympics are on television, those knowing nothing about the sport or sports period, become experts from the couch. If this writer knew anything about track and field, he would know, Lolo was a state champ in high school in more than one event, an NCAA champ while at LSU, a multi-time diamond league winner, and a 2 time world champ in the hurdles. To compare her to Anna Kournikova is ludicrous and insulting, not just to Lolo, but to anyone who knows, understands, or has trained and participated in the sport. Lolo did’nt just burst onto the scene, and she’s not on the scene just because she’s good looking. However, she is good looking, and that’s the problem. She’s also educated, well spoken and even likeable, which combined with her looks, make her marketable, just like so many other people that are used commercials and ads. She’s also a virgin at the age of 30. This is the type of person that I would consider a great role model, and being the father of two daughters, someone that I would not mind my daughters paying close attention to. True celebrities are those people that are celebrated because they have a special skill or talent that the rest of us can’t boast, like acting, singing, athleticism, etc. However, the Snooki’s, Nene’s, J-wows, and the like are evrywhere you look. I’m still trying to figure out what exactly the talent is that they get paid so handsomely for. That’s right, in reality TV, the stupider you act, the higher the ratings, the more you get paid and the more marketable you become. I guess if Lolo was tramping around, and fighting and spewing venom, it would be ok for her to be a celebrity. The writer from the NY Times not only isn’t the best writer in the world, but he’s probably not even the 4th best in the publication that employs him..