It’s been a rough few days for U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones. Not only does she have to deal with the disappointment of coming in fourth place in the women’s 100-meter hurdles final, she’s also dealing with a firestorm of negative media coverage on her performance in London. (A recent piece in the New York Times was particularly scathing.)
The stress of it all almost caused the athlete to have a Britney Spears-sized melt down. Luckily, supportive words from fans, including several celebrities, brought Lolo back from the brink of insanity.
— Nick Lachey (@NickLachey) August 8, 2012
Stop it…. @lolojones is NO Anna Kournikova or Kim Kardashian…she's a winner & accomplished..just qualifying for the Olympics is WINNING
— Mike Hill (@ItsMikeHill) August 8, 2012
@lolojones He has you exactly where He wants you, so that He can bring you exactly where you’re meant to go.
— Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) August 8, 2012
@lolojones proud of you Ms. Jones you are a fighter and survivor xoxoxo
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) August 8, 2012
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) August 8, 2012
“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” -Oprah @lolojones Listen to OW…and hold your head up!
— Star Jones (@StarJonesEsq) August 8, 2012
I just want to twitter hug @lolojones right now. Her story makes her a true champion I don't care what happened on the track.
— Tucker Hein (@thein14) August 8, 2012
@lolojones you rock lolo, you're an inspiration! i used to run hurdles in HS a VERY long time ago and you make it look so easy.
— Dru Chai (@DruChai) August 8, 2012
Lolo later appeared on “Today” to discuss the race and media criticism. Her hair is indeed still intact, but there are some breakdown tears. Watch:
Video: Lolo Jones responds to recent media criticism. http://t.co/MrWPYyu1
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) August 8, 2012