Lolo Jones — the Olympic athlete who was taken apart in a New York Times piece comparing her to Anna Kournikova — placed fourth in the 100 meter hurdles. Jones told Today that she was disappointed in that, but also teared up when discussing the Times’ article, which some have said was way off base.
“They should be supporting our U.S. Olympic athletes and instead they just ripped me to shreds,” said a tearful Jones. “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.”
Jones added that the Times also conveniently left out the fact that she is quite accomplished:
They didn’t even do their research, calling me the Anna Kournikova of track. I have the American record. I am the American record holder indoors, I have two world indoor titles. Just because I don’t boast about these things, I don’t think I should be ripped apart by media. I laid it out there, fought hard for my country and it’s just a shame that I have to deal with so much backlash when I’m already so brokenhearted as it is.
We feel for Jones. The Times’ article was so bad it made us wonder: If Jones was a guy, would it even have been written? But as a big time athlete, she better get used to being criticized. Even if those critiques are wrong.