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.