At one point, Lolo Jones was the most dominant athlete in her sport. She was the favorite to win a gold medal, but failed to do so because she tripped. The following Olympics, she made more headlines than athletes who had won medals and that had a better chance at winning than Jones did. This was due to her “beauty”, which in combination with her athletic ability, yielded huge sums of money through media deals and endorsements.
So when Lolo Jones makes a Vine video complaining about a check she received from competing in bob-sledding over a seven-month period, it does not come to my surprise that she is met with criticism. Check out the video below:
While most of her videos are sarcastic in nature, I can see how this rubbed a lot of people the wrong way. The following reaction is from U.S. Gold Medalist Stephen Holcomb in an interview with Fox Sports:
“It wasn’t taken very well,. “People were really kind of insulted. You just made $741, more than most athletes in the sport. So what are you complaining about?
“The way it came across to a lot of the athletes here was kind of snobby because she’s one of the most well-known athletes in the world and she’s making pretty good money in endorsements.”
Gotta be smarter with your decisions when you are in the spotlight.