Yeah, me too.
NBC's Michelle Beadle interviewed both Harper, who won the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, and Wells after the two clinched the silver and bronze in the 100-meter hurdles ahead of LoLo Jones' fourth place finish. And even in their moment of glory, the interest was still in LoLo Jones.
Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!
"I feel as though I had a pretty good story, knee surgery two months before Olympic trials in 2008 to make the team by .007, not have a contract - right - working three jobs living in a frat house trying to make it work, coming off running in someone else's shoes getting the gold medal. Sounds pretty interesting...I just felt as though I worked really hard to represent my country in the best way possible and to come away with a gold medal. Honestly, it seems as though because their favorite didn't win, all of the sudden it was just like, 'we're going to push your story aside and still going to to push this story. That hurt. It did hurt my feelings, but I feel as though I showed that I can deal with the pressure and I think you kind of have to respect it a little bit now.
Interesting enough, NBC rolled b-roll footage of LoLo Jones as Dawn Harper spoke about her personal challenges to make it to the London Olympics. I guess that speaks to the entire point Harper, who consistently had stronger track times than LoLo Jones, was trying to make.
The New York Times attempted to pick up on this undercurrent of media envy with a soul-crushing attack on LoLo Jones. The writer accused Jones of playing a calculating media game to gain attention and endorsements even calling her the Anna Kournikova of women's track.
Sidenote, I wish everyone would stop bashing Anna Kournikova. This lady was among the top 20 singles players in the world not to mention her main competitors included Martina Hingis and the Williams sisters. People still have problems beating a Williams sister as evidenced by the smackdown Serena Williams just gave Maria Sharapova. And, oh yeah, the girl had chronic back problems during her career. Ironically, it was a back injury that likely hindered LoLo Jones. She had spinal cord surgery one year ago and now she competed in the Olympics. I dare you to criticize that.
I believe beauty played an undeniable role in the attention and sponsor deals Kournikova and Jones received. But it's not the fault of the athletes that people wanted to shower them with love and money. What kind of fool would turn that down?
Definitely not Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells.