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Lolo Jones Expresses Hurt Against American Media

Aug. 8, 2012

Rebecca VIllaneda--HispanicBusiness

Lolo Jones

Olympic athlete Lolo Jones said she was "heartbroken" by the recent NY Times article that questioned her talent.

The NY Times article, written by Jere Longman was titled "For Lolo Jones, Everything Is Image."

Longman writes that Jones is basically nothing but a pretty face, and that she has received publicity "not on achievement but on her exotic beauty and on a sad and cynical marketing campaign."

After reading the article Jones spoke with NBC's "Today" show in a tearful interview discussing her disappointment in the American journalist's piece.

"I think it was crazy just because it was two days before I competed, and then the fact that it was from a U.S. media [outlet]," Jones told NBC's Savannah Guthrie.

Related story: "Lolo Jones--Who Is This Beautiful Olympian?"

To make things worse for Jones, she came in fourth place in the 100-meter hurdles.

Jones, an avid Twitter user, expressed her sadness via the social media site:

"In room Singing Desert song by Hillsong. Its on repeat. Lord Jesus please comfort me , guide me & heal my broken heart," she tweeted yesterday.

"...Also want to Thank u Lord for technically giving me the best seat in the stadium to watch the 100mh final. Congrats Sally, Dawn & kellie."

What are your thoughts on Longman's article? Was it warranted or was it in poor taste?

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