The interview Lolo Jones did on the “Today Show” with Savannah Guthrie (interview aired 8/8/2012) broke my heart. Everybody has a story and in case you are wondering LoLo’s story is one of the many reasons why we fell in love with her. So for the New York Times to blast one of our own (U.S. Olympian) it is shameful! Lolo didn’t quit and didn’t give up and although she lost the race she did what she set out to do which was get to the London Olympics and give her best effort in the 100 Meter Hurdles. She may not have had the outcome that she wished for but in my eyes her determination and courage is Perfection!
No explanation was needed for the people who love and support Lolo! The New York Times set out to accomplish their goal and that was to sell papers and that is exactly what they did. Unfortunately, they don’t care that it was at the cost of Lolo’s emotions. Like I said in my blog on Gabby Douglas ( Gabby Represented USA Gymnastics in Grand Style!) We can’t Undo Ignorance…But We Can Rise Above Ignorant People!
NOTE: I want to also take the time to congratulate the winners of the 100 Meters Australian Sally Pearson won gold and Americans Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells won silver and bronze. They certainly worked hard and earned their medals!
Lolo is still a star and she represented our country with pride, dignity and courage! For those that don’t know about Lolo’s credentials…check her stats below…ENOUGH SAID! (source)
Lolo Jones Career Highlights:
- 2012:USA U.S. Indoor Champion
- 2010: World Indoor Champion and American Indoor Record Holder (7.72)
- 2009: USA U.S. Indoor Champion
- 2008: USA Outdoor Champion, USA Indoor Champion, World Indoor Champion…2008 Beijing Olympic Games (12.43)
- 2007: USA Indoor champion (7.88). 2nd at Doha Super Grand Prix (12.78)
- World Championships 6th place (12.62)
- 2006: 5th at USA Outdoors (12.76)… 1st at Heusden (12.56)…6th at World Athletics Final (12.76)…8th at Meeting Gaz de France Paris Saint-Denis (12.87)…4th at Golden Gala (12.70)…4th in 100m (11.36) and 3rd in 100mh at Athens Super Grand Prix (12.83)…5th at Athletissima (12.68)…3rd at DN Galan (12.74)…1st at Ostrava (12.72)…ranked #7 in the world (#4 U.S.) by T&FN…best of 12.56.
- 2005: 4th at USA Outdoors (12.90)5th in semifinals at USA Outdoors (12.76PR)1st at Torino Memorial (12.83)4th at Zagreb (12.87)4th at adidas Track Classic (12.86)3rd at Norwich Union (8.00i)5th at Athens (8.06i)ranked #5 in the U.S. by T&FNbest of 12.76.
- 2004 NCAA Indoor 60m Hurdles and 60m runner-up
- 2004 NCCA Outdoor 4x100m Champion
- 2003 NCAA Indoor 60m Hurdles champion
- 2003 NCAA Outdoor 4x100m champion
- 2002 NCAA Outdoor 100m Hurdles and 4x100m runner-up
- 11-time All-American
- 100m Hurdles High School State of Iowa Record: 13.40sec
100m Hurdles – 12.43seconds
60m Hurdles- 7.77 seconds
100m Dash- 11.23 seconds