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Bobsled community reacts to Lolo Jones

Jun 19, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

Apparently it only takes about six seconds to alienate a community you’ve spent seven months endearing yourself to. Or at least that’s what world champion bobsledder Lolo Jones learned when she hopped on Vine a couple days ago to make a video somewhat mocking the $741.84 she earned for her season.

Jones, who has endorsements with companies like Red Bull, Asics, and McDonalds, joked that she was going to be late on rent this month because of her minuscule check, but a lot of bobsledders didn’t find her video funny. Vancouver Olympic champ Steve Holcomb, who famously won gold after nearly losing his career to a degenerative eye condition, has been the most vocal about the Lolo’s video.

“It wasn’t taken very well,” Holcomb told USA Today Tuesday. “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. To basically turn around and slap us in the face because you didn’t make any money this year in bobsledding while taking money from other athletes? She slapped pretty much every athlete in the U.S. federation in the face.”

But Lolo said she didn’t mean it as an insult, didn’t want to upset anyone, and actually did it to show the plight of underpaid athletes who don’t make enough to compete in the sport they love, adding that she hoped her video would “make people appreciate just how hard Olympians work” when speaking with E! News. And for that, a few bobsledders have now come out in support of Lolo, including Vancouver bronze medalist Elana Meyers who tweeted the below thank you. So what do you think? Fair or foul?

  1. wallio - Jun 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    How anyone can find this funny is beyond me. Way to play off the the arrogant American stereotype. The lengths Lolo goes to in order to try to stay relevant are now past sad and into pathetic. Win something, then you’ll be in the spotlight again. SMH

  2. saintjohnwhodat - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    She’s hot at least she has that goin for her

  3. janessa31888 - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    She’s Not on my list of favorite U. S. Olympians, that’s for sure.

  4. mogogo1 - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    She’d already said publicly her only interest in bobsledding was that she’d failed to get a track medal, so I doubt the bobsledding community was ever truly in love with her.

    Like quite a few other athletes you can name, Lolo is a member of the Church of Me. Her life revolves totally around her–Her winning a medal, her this, her that. Even her chastity pledge came across as more of a cry to get attention than a real moral decision. There’s no need to make stuff like that public unless the whole point is the attention.

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