Drake signed on to host the 2014 ESPYs earlier this week. As expected, there have been a variety of opinions about whether he will be the right man for the job. The most viral opinion following the announcement has come from Lolo Jones, who decided to take a shot at Rihanna after hearing the big news.
For those of you who don’t keep up on gossip, Drake and Rihanna were supposedly “all over each other” at a club recently and were spotted making out. They also both attended a recent Los Angeles Clippers game.
You know it would only be a matter of time before someone notable criticized USA Bobsled and Skeleton for choosing Lolo Jones as one of the three push athletes to represent the country at the Winter Games in Sochi. On Tuesday, it was bobsledder Chuck Berkeley who voiced his opinion.
Berkeley, who competed in the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, criticized officials for choosing Jones over three other push athletes. Jones and pilot Jazmine Fenlator ended up 11th after the first half of competition Tuesday. Here’s what Berkeley said:
This trend seems to follow Jones whether she’s bobsledding or doing track and field. Remember during the Summer Games in London when her teammates were jealous of her popularity? Then last month some bobsledders who didn’t make the team complained that Jones made it because of her popularity.
I guess the only way Lolo will get rid of her critics is by medaling. She has her work cut out for her to achieve that.
Plus, I counted at least three times where their sled hit the rails. Last I checked, Lolo wasn’t steering the rig.
Lolo Jones is fairly new to the bobsled scene, yet the track and field star managed to earn a highly sought after spot on the US women’s team for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Jones earned the third and final brakeman spot, sparking some controversy among the Olympic community. Simply put, some of her teammates think Lolo is going to Sochi because of her popularity.
Emily Azevedo, one of the athletes who was in the running for the spot that was given to Jones, was very candid in speaking with USA Today Sports on Thursday.
“I should have been working harder on gaining Twitter followers than gaining muscle mass,” she said.
As we know, Jones’ openness about her virginity and outgoing personality have landed her endorsement deals and appearances on late night talk shows. Katie Eberling, another brakeman who did not make the final cut, feels the same was as Azevedo.
Lolo Jones is living the kind of life most people would envy: she’s consuming thousands of calories per day in an effort to put on weight. In fact, Jones has been tweeting about her mission to put on some muscle as she prepares for US Olympics team bobsledding trials in two weeks.
Two weeks ago, Jones goofed around and asked on Twitter if anyone else was on a 9,000 calorie diet.
Since then, she’s been keeping her followers updated on her struggle to consume 9,000 calories each day.
Lolo Jones has built a reputation as one of the more entertainer athletes to follow on Twitter. Case in point: when one of her followers thanked her for not blocking him on Twitter, she cracked a joke about the crimson tide — and we’re not talking Alabama football.
The follower made the remark to Lolo in the context of ESPN’s 30 for 30 Title IX documentary “Branded.” In a clip promoting the documentary, Jones says she was entering the London Olympics as the top hurdler in the world but without any sponsors. In order to gain sponsors, she realized she would have to boost her social media following, so she made that one of her priorities. You can see her talk about it in the clip below:
Lolo Jones scored a role in a movie and actually has already done her first acting work.
The Olympic hurdler and bobsledder filmed a scene for “Left Behind,” which is due out next year. “Left Behind” comes from the Christian book series, and it will star Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray, Nicky Whelan, and Jordin Sparks.
Jones plays a security guard named Lola and has 10 words. According to Olympics Talk, she filmed her scene on Monday.
Jones mocked herself for the small role using her typical self-deprecating humor over Twitter:
The movie’s producer and writer, Paul Lalonde, told Olympics Talk’s Nick Zaccardi that Jones was a natural. He also says he included Jones in the film after learning that the talented athlete trains in Baton Rouge, La., which is where they were shooting.
We imagine Lolo was great on set. She’s definitely a comedian, and she already has the drama act down.
Photo: Twitter/Nicky Whelan
When you’re an Olympic athlete, you have to be prepared for a drug test at all times. Athletes must submit their schedule — including minute-by-minute plans of their whereabouts — to allow testers access to the at random. That means drug testers can even show up to test you on your birthday. Lolo Jones would know.
Jones, who is a world champion hurdler and making the transition to bobsledding, says Olympic drug testers showed up to test her on Monday, which happened to be her birthday. Jones says she was not ready to pee when the testers showed up, so she dragged them along to her birthday party.
We’ll let Lolo take over the story from here:
Lolo Jones and another bobsled hopeful were involved in a fight with the stepdaughter of a bobsled official at a Lake Placid bar over the weekend, according to a few reports.
FOX Sports Radio’s Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, a former Olympic swimmer, reported on her “FOX Sports Tonight” show (34:00 mark) that Lolo knocked out the daughter of Tony Carlino at a club. Carlino is the former Team USA bobsled coach and head of the Lake Placid track where the team is training.
Van Dyken-Rouen says word about the incident hadn’t gotten out because the team was told to keep the incident quiet.
A few folks on Twitter mentioned seeing Lolo at a bar that night.
Another person tweeted about the incident but deleted the message:
Damn @lolojones just quaffed a bitch… #usa
— Jason Foreit (@JForeit) July 13, 2013
Deadspin says the incident occurred at Roomers Night Club in Lake Placid after 1:00 a.m. early Saturday morning. A witness told them Carlino’s stepdaughter was visibly drunk and verbally confronted Jones by the dance floor. Lolo pushed her down and left, and the stepdaughter followed Jones outside where they were separated by bouncers. Aja Evans is the other bobsledder supposedly involved in the incident.
LBS has reached out to Jones for a comment on the report.
Thanks to LBS tipsters Anton and Mario
As most of you know, Lolo Jones has been training to compete in bobsledding at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. The track and field star decided to make the switch so she would not have to wait until the 2016 Olympics to compete for a medal, but she has apparently been unhappy with the pay.
On Monday, Jones posted a Vine video expressing her disappointment with the $741.84 paycheck she got from the US Bobsled and Skeleton Foundation. The clip is below. You can click the icon in the top left corner to turn the volume on and off.
Steven Holcomb, an Olympic gold medalist and the most accomplished bobsledder in US history, did not find Jones’ charade to be entertaining. In fact, he said it was a “slap in the face” that irritated other athletes in the sport.
Lolo Jones announced back in October that she has decided to train to compete in bobsledding at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, and it appears as though she is sticking with it. On Tuesday, Jones suffered an apparent injury to her hand while training in Russia. She tweeted the photo you see above with her hand bandaged up and the following caption.
“Injured at Practice. Hand bleeding. Need stitches. Stuck. Road closed. If I could give the middle finger I would.”
However, the injury did not result in Jones losing her notorious sense of humor. Naturally, she found a way to work her virginity into the equation.