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.
If the Olympic Village is truly as sex-infested as everyone claims it is, it’s probably safe to assume Lolo Jones doesn’t partake in the festivities. Unless you have been living in a cave for the past few months, you are well aware that Jones is one of the world’s most famous virgins. At 30 years of age, she says keeping her viriginity has been harder than training for the Olympics but is something she takes pride in. However, Jones insists she is not the only one not doing any fooling around in the Olympic Village.
While she could be just covering for them, Lolo said she has not seen any hooking up going on between her track and field teammates and others in the Village.
“I’m in a suite with seven girls, and I guess we don’t have any sluts on the team,” Jones said according to USA TODAY Sports. “I haven’t seen any hookups. I’m sure it’s going on, though, but I haven’t heard any juicy details yet.”
Fair enough. If you believe Hope Solo, it’s definitely going on and there are definitely plenty of juicy details. Ryan Lochte said something similar to Lolo about not knowing of any crazy sex stories, but there is a reason it becomes big news when unauthorized batches of condoms make their way into the dorms. Sex in the Olympic Village is a big business. Just ask Durex — the official condom of the London Olympics.
With the Olympics coming to a close, Lolo also reiterated that she would still like to meet Tim Tebow.
“You always think you’re the last virgin on earth,” she explained. “I respect his journey, and any virgin I just love talking to them and sharing the journey and the frustration.”
Here’s hoping Mr. Right comes along shortly and Jones can put an end to that frustration.
Lolo Jones entered the London Games as one of the US’s most well known Olympians, but she was ridiculed after finishing a disappointing fourth in the 100-meter hurdles on Tuesday. Two of her teammates who finished better in the competition expressed resentment toward the amount of media attention Jones receives.
Dawn Harper, who won silver in the 100-meter hurdles, and Kellie Wells, who took bronze, spoke about their lack of attention during an interview with NBC’s Michelle Beadle:
Below is a transcript of their conversation (via SB Nation):
Last weekend, the New York Timespublished a piece that many believe was extremely unfair to US Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones. The heading of the article said it all: “For Lolo Jones, Everything is Image.” It compared Jones to women’s tennis star Anna Kournikova, making the point that her personal affairs and good looks have made her a popular topic of discussion — not her accomplishments on the track. As you might expect, the piece greatly upset Jones.
“I think it was crazy just because it was two days before I competed, and then the fact that it was from a US media,’’ Jones said on The Today Show as she nearly broke into tears. “They should be supporting our US 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.
NBC has understandably been pounded for its tape-delayed coverage of the Olympics. The time difference between London and the U.S. has forced NBC to spare marquee events from live television coverage in favor of primetime coverage up to 12 hours after they took place, even though NBC and its family of networks is broadcasting all throughout the day when these events are already occurring. It’s such an impractical mess that even the peacock network has laughably jumped the gun on itself.
And now that many people are fully immersed in the Twitter age, where spoiler alerts are few and far between, it’s even harder than before to avoid having results ruined before they air. But you know who really doesn’t care if you haven’t seen anything on TV yet? Lolo Jones.
Here’s what the American Olympic hurdler tweeted Tuesday afternoon, apparently in response to some of her followers’ complaints after she spilled the beans on some yet-to-be-broadcast results:
We know Lolo Jones loves to joke around and keep things loose, which is one of the things that has made her such a popular topic of discussion during and leading up the the Olympics. She runs one of the more entertaining Twitter accounts among the Olympic athletes, but her sense of humor resulted in a bit of criticism on Saturday afternoon.
After the US lost to Italy in archery, Lolo sent out the following tweet:
USA Men’s Archery lost the gold medal to Italy but that’s ok, we are Americans… When’s da Gun shooting competition?
In the wake of the devastating movie theater shooting that took place in Colorado, several of Lolo’s followers thought the tweet was in poor taste and inappropriate, prompting the following response from the American hurdler.
Leading up to the London Olympics, Lolo Jones‘ virginity was one of the most widely discussed story lines, because apparently these are the things that matter these days.
While Jones undoubtedly continues to carry the reputation of being “That Virgin Athlete Not Named Tim Tebow,” she still has her share of admirers, particularly the New York Jets on behalf of Tebow. So far as we know, a Tebow-Jones link up has yet to happen.
Meanwhile, Jones, quite the comedienne on Twitter, is still looking for her Mr. Right. But perhaps she should get in touch with NBA free agent Morris Almond, who so romantically tweeted about his attraction to the Olympic hurdler on Friday: