I have to say something here. I’m willing to bet that a lot of people aren’t going to agree with me, and you know… That’s okay. It still needs to be said.
I am so, incredibly disappointed and even slightly disgusted in Kellie Wells and Dawn Harper‘s (as WELL as some of the American public) reaction to Lo Lo Jones‘ 4th place finish in the 100m Hurdles finals at the London Olympic Games yesterday. For those of you who haven’t seen their very classless interview this morning you can see it here
While I sympathize with Dawn Harper’s struggles while training for Bejing; working 3 jobs, struggling financially to support her dreams… I lose any respect I had for her with her ego. I understand that when you’re competing, especially at the Olympic level, it’s incredibly competitive. Everyone is fighting for that Gold Medal. The title, of WORLD champion and Olympic Gold Medalist… But does that mean we lose all sense of our team? Does that mean all sportsmanship goes out the window?
In my opinion, it shouldn’t. It’s one of the reasons I fell in love with running as much as I have. You see people crying out of pure joy, just for finishing a race. Jumping on the winner, hugging them tackling them because you’re so happy FOR THEM, even if your race didn’t go exactly as planned… It makes me incredibly sad to see teammates throw each other under the bus like this.
I’m disappointed that all these two women really care about is how LoLo threw herself out there when in their opinion, she never deserved it.
That is complete BS in my opinion. One year ago Lo Lo had spinal cord surgery…. Yes, Harper had knee surgery something like 8 months ago, but to compare the two is a little ridiculous in my opinion. In an effort to not resort to these two women’s cattiness I will only say this: Winners are not only measured in the medals around their neck, but also by the depth of their character.
I for one, am a huge and very loyal Lo Lo Jones fan! She inspires me everyday to get out there and run. I’ve loved her long before the BEYOND REASON campaign made everyone jump on the bandwagon. Since the day she hit the spotlight in Bejing, she has pulled me in. She truly wears her heart on her sleeve, and fights for her dreams. When so many athletes would have given up after Bejing, and ESPECIALLY after spinal cord surgery, she came back both times 10 times stronger, with 10 times the amount of fight that she had before. She’s in the spotlight because she is a ROLE MODEL. She doesn’t talk down upon her teammates, she doesn’t expect the world to love her. She’s real, and realizes that not everyone is going to be her biggest fan, but she doesn’t let that stand in her way of getting out there, and PUTTING HERSELF out there. A woman who never gives up & remains constant in her faith. That, in my opinion deserves respect AND the spot light.
I will always have mad love and respect for you Lolo!! Hater’s gonna hate! I cried with you while watching your Today Show interview! I love the raw, pure, real emotion!! It’s part of why you are such a class act! You inspire the daylights out of me. OAKLEY SISTAS FOR LIFE!
(here is a link to her today show interview. Since, wordpress.com stinks and I can’t embed most non-youtube videos. eye.roll. reason #23423 I need to switch to self hosted)