Lolo Jones is still the story.

Nobody seems very happy about this fact, perhaps least of all Jones, who gave an emotional interview to Today about negative attention she's been receiving. Of course, detractors of the 30-year-old track star might note that appearing on Today isn't the best way to get less attention.

Despite finishing fourth behind Sally Pearson of Australia and Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells of the United States on Tuesday night in the 100-meter hurdles final, Jones who publicly talked about being a virgin before the London Olympics, remains a hot topic conversation.

Jones' teammates, Harper and Wells, didn't seem too pleased about the level of attention consistently given to Jones while talking with Michelle Beadle of NBC on Wednesday morning. During the interview, Harper expressed hard feelings about the way that her own triumph at the 2008 Olympics was overshadowed by Jones' heartbreaking failure. Wells perhaps went even further, saying that it was the right three women who reached the medal stand in London.

CLICK HERE to watch Harper and Wells in an awkward interview with Beadle.


Jones' journey to 2012 Olympics began as a feel-good story of redemption for an athlete undone by the untimeliest of falls during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Leading the final in the 100-meter hurdles in 2008, the then 26-year-old Jones clipped the 9th of 10 hurdles and struggled to a seventh-place finish. As Jones stumbled toward the finish line, Harper surged past to win a surprise gold.

One top of any festering animosity for Jones among her Team USA teammates, she was recently the focus of a scathing article in The New York Times, titled "For Lolo Jones, Everything Is Image."

Still, 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.

While Harper and Wells seem likely to agree with article's assertion about the publicity, Jones told Savannah Guthrie of Today that she found the article extremely hurtful -- and inaccurate.

CLICK HERE to read the Times story.


"I just thought that that was crazy because I worked six days a week, every day, for four years for a 12-second race and the fact that they just tore me apart, which is heartbreaking," Jones told Savannah Guthrie of Today on Wednesday morning. Jones held back tears during the interview, saying the Times, "tore me apart."

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The night before her interview with Guthrie, Jones' race had lasted 12.58 seconds. That time left her .23 seconds behind Pearson for gold and just .1 seconds behind Wells for bronze.

"At least this time it was a clean, smooth race. It's a season's best so I'm pleased," Jones told reporters after the event, before adding, "But obviously I'm crushed."

Known for her candid and frequent posts on Twitter, Jones predictably shared with her followers her feelings after finishing fourth place in the final of the only event on her Olympic program.


Lolo Jones
Stressed.5am no sleep post race. Almost went on ya & shave my head til I read ur tweets. Thx 4 lifting me up during this time


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...Also want to Thank u Lord for technically giving me the best seat in the stadium to watch the 100mh final. Congrats Sally, Dawn & kellie


Lolo Jones
In room Singing Desert song by Hillsong. Its on repeat. Lord Jesus please comfort me , guide me & heal my broken heart.

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  • In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, United States' LoLo Jones, right, crosses the finish line to place fourth in the women's 100-meter hurdles final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • United States' LoLo Jones, foreground, and Jamaica's Brigitte Foster-Hylton compete in a women's 100-meter hurdles heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • United States' Lolo Jones, left, Canada's Phylicia George, center, and Jamaica's Brigitte Foster-Hylton compete in a women's 100-meter hurdles heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

  • United States' Lolo Jones, left, and Canada's Phylicia George compete in a women's 100-meter hurdles heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Jamaica's Brigitte Foster-Hylton, left, is consoled by United States' Lolo Jones after competing in a women's 100-meter hurdles heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

  • Dawn Harper, Kellie Wells and LoLo Jones react after the women's 100m hurdles final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Saturday, June 23, 2012, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • LoLo Jones celebrates after the women's 100m hurdles final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Saturday, June 23, 2012, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Dawn Harper, Kellie Wells and LoLo Jones finish the women's 100m hurdles final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Saturday, June 23, 2012, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Dawn Harper, Kellie Wells and LoLo Jones react after the women's 100m hurdles final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Saturday, June 23, 2012, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Lolo Jones celebrates after the women's 100m hurdles final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Saturday, June 23, 2012, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Lolo Jones, Kellie Wells and Dawn Harper celebrate after the women's 100m hurdles final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Saturday, June 23, 2012, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

  • Hurdler Lolo Jones of Des Moines, Iowa rests after practicing before the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials athletics meet, Thursday, June 21, 2012, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Hurdler Lolo Jones, of Iowa, practices before the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, Thursday, June 21, 2012, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    In this Feb. 22, 2012, photo provided by Red Bull, Lolo Jones prepares for a Red Bull Project X photo shoot in Baton Rouge, La. Jones nearly had a fairy-tale finish four years ago in Beijing. Leading late in the final, Jones clipped the top of the ninth hurdle and stumbled toward the finish, watching others speed by her. There went her Hollywood ending. But through animation technology, she may have another chance later this summer. (AP Photo/Red Bull, Stacy Revere)

  • In this April 19, 2012, photo provided by Red Bull, Lolo Jones talks with her coach, Dennis Shaver, in between Project X hurdle runs at the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge, La. Using computer-vision technology and 40 high-speed, motion-capture cameras, computer scientists, along with sports biomechanics and physiologists, have been studying every minute detail of Jones' form in practice as they try to figure out the fastest way to get her over the hurdles.(AP Photo/Red Bull/Stacy Kranitz)

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    In this Feb. 22, 2012, photo provided by Red Bull, Lolo Jones poses for a portrait during the Red Bull Project X photo shoot at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. Jones nearly had a fairy-tale finish four years ago in Beijing. Leading late in the final, Jones clipped the top of the ninth hurdle and stumbled toward the finish, watching others speed by her. There went her Hollywood ending. But through animation technology, she may have another chance later this summer. (AP Photo/Red Bull, Stacy Revere)

  • In this April 19, 2012, photo provided by Red Bull, physiology consultant Lesli Shooter places markers on LoLo Jones as they work with the Project X team at the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge, La. Using computer-vision technology and 40 high-speed, motion-capture cameras, computer scientists, along with sports biomechanics and physiologists, have been studying every minute detail of Jones' form in practice as they try to figure out the fastest way to get her over the hurdles. Jones' technique was captured on film, scrutinized on a video screen and sharpened on the track in a hush-hush program Red Bull dubbed "Project X."(AP Photo/Red Bull, Stacy Kranitz)

  • In this April 19, 2012, photo provided by Red Bull, Lolo Jones runs hurdles for Project X at the Louisiana State University campus in Baton Rouge, La. Using computer-vision technology and 40 high-speed, motion-capture cameras, computer scientists, along with sports biomechanics and physiologists, have been studying every minute detail of Jones' form in practice as they try to figure out the fastest way to get her over the hurdles. Jones' technique was captured on film, scrutinized on a video screen and sharpened on the track in a hush-hush program Red Bull dubbed "Project X." (AP Photo/Red Bull, Stacy Kranitz)

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    WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Track and field athlete Lolo Jones poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot at Smashbox West Hollywood on November 17, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.

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    Track and field athlete Lolo Jones poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot at Smashbox West Hollywood on November 17, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.

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    Track and field athlete Lolo Jones poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot at Smashbox West Hollywood on November 17, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.

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    US Lolo Jones celebrates her gold medal with a national flag at the end of the women's 60m hurdles final at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships at the Aspire Dome in the Qatari capital Doha.

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    Nia Ali and Lolo Jones compete in the Women's 100 meter hurdles semi-final on day four of the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

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    US Lolo Jones celebrates after winning the 100m hurdles contest of the IAAF Diamond League athletics meeting at the Louis II stadium in Monaco.

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    Lolo Jones clears a hurdle on the way to victory in the Womens 100 Meter Hurdles during the 2010 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

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    Lolo Jones is pictured during the 2010 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

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    US Lolo Jones celebrates winning the 100m hurdles event for women at the Bislett Games in Oslo.

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    Lolo Jones celebrates after winning the women's 100m hurdles during the IAAF Diamond League series in the Qatari capital Doha on May 14, 2010.

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    US track athlete Lolo Jones arrives at the 2010 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California.

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    US Lolo Jones reacts after winning the women's 60m hurdles final at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships at the Aspire Dome in the Qatari capital Doha.

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    LoLo Jones in action during the Women's 100m Hurdles during the IAAF World Athletics Final, Day 1, at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart,Germany.

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    Lolo Jones speaks with the media following the Women's 100 meter hurdles on day three of the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Hayward Field on June 25, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon.

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    Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (2nd l) of Canada celebrates victory in the women's 100m hurdles from Lolo Jones (r) of USA during the Iaaf Diamond League meeting at the Letzigrund Stadium on August 19, 2010 in Zurich, Switzerland.

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    US Lolo Jones (R) competes in the women's 60m hurdles final at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships at the Aspire Dome in the Qatari capital Doha on March 13, 2010.

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    Lolo Jones of United States celebrates winning gold in the Womens 60m Hurdles Final during Day 2 of the IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Aspire Dome on March 13, 2010 in Doha, Qatar.

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    Lolo Jones of United States celebrates winning gold in the Womens 60m Hurdles Final during Day 2 of the IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Aspire Dome on March 13, 2010 in Doha, Qatar.

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    Lolo Jones of the United States poses in the NBC Today Show Studio after losing the Women's 100m Hurdles event from hitting a hurdle at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 20, 2008 in Beijing, China.