Lolo Jones Defends Herself, While Aly Raisman Wins Gold
Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones fought back tears as she talked about her double heartbreak of losing a major race and about a withering personal attack on her in the New York Times.
"The fact that they just tore me apart, it was just heartbreaking," Jones said. She then continued and mentioned, "They just ripped me to shreds and I just thought that was crazy."
Jones looked washed-out appearing on the Today show after a sleepless night, following her fourth-place finish in the 100 meter hurdles.
She tweeted: "Stressed.5am no sleep post race. Almost went @britneyspears on ya & shave my head til I read ur tweets. Thx 4 lifting me up during this time."
She needed all the support she could get after a column headlined "For Lolo Jones, Everything Is Image," Times writer Jere Longman complained that Jones had made a conscious decision "to draw attention to herself and the many products she endorses."
He said the publicity Jones has received recently was due not to her athletic skill but to "her exotic beauty...and a sad and cynical marketing campaign."
He referred specifically to a cover for Outside magazine, featuring Jones wearing what he called a bathing suit made of "nothing but a strategically placed ribbon."
The internet backlash against Longman has been fast and furious.
One person commented, "Jere Longman is a moron."
Another said, "owes Lolo Jones and apology for a needlessly vicious article."
30-year-old Jones also hit the headlines when she proudly tweeted that she's still a virgin.
Jones, who finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles Tuesday, choked with emotion as she defended herself to the Today show's Savannah Guthrie.
"It is just a shame that I have to deal with so much backlash after I am so broken hearted as it is," she said.
There was also heartache for golden girl Gabby Douglas Tuesday when she slipped off the balance beam. Her fall doomed any chance that she'd win another gold medal.
Gabby's teammate, Aly Raisman, however, did win gold in the floor exercise. 18-year-old Raisman, who is Jewish - played "Hava Nagila" during her routine.
Her win comes around the 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre, when 11 Jewish athletes were murdered during the 1972 Olympics.
The New York Post front page calls Raisman the "Star of David."
Douglas is getting a front-page too. She's on the cover of the new People magazine.