Lolo Jones: Olympic Experience Will Only Motivate Jones for Future Events

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IIAugust 9, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Lolo Jones of the United States looks on after competing in the Women's 100m Hurdles Semifinals on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Pushing buttons as a journalist is ok to an extent, but sometimes it can be a little over the top. This was definitely over the top. 

Lolo Jones experienced some harsh words recently from Jere Longman, a New York Times sports writer who mentioned the attention she received was based on sexuality and not on what she has done on the track:

[...]Jones has received far greater publicity than any other American track and field athlete competing in the London Games. This was based not on achievement but on her exotic beauty and on a sad and cynical marketing campaign. Essentially, Jones has decided she will be whatever anyone wants her to be — vixen, virgin, victim — to draw attention to herself and the many products she endorses.

Jones has taken offense to his comments, and rightfully so. But now it's time to attempt to move on.

Obviously, it will be difficult to move on from this experience, seeing how the next Olympics will happen when Jones is 34 years old, but it must happen.

It must happen in other events that aren't seen by the entire world. It must happen in individual workouts. It must happen when she's training early in the morning. 

It will happen. When you're motivated by the right people, you would be surprised by what that could do. 

Motivation can come from several different angles, but it mostly comes from what people say and believe. Jones' character is being tested right now by being blasted on a major media outlet. 

Only she will determine how she responds from this criticism. 

Jones missed out on an opportunity in the 2012 Summer Olympics. So what? How many athletes even get to that point?

Could she have done better? Sure, she knows she could and should have done better, but that doesn't mean she's not talented and worthy of a medal. 

Jones needs to take this negative experience and turn it into motivation. Over the next years of her life, she needs to remember Longman's name and the image he created.

Maybe, just maybe, she has a storybook ending to her memorable career.