Lolo Jones Falls Ill. Will She Be Able To Compete?By: Daryl Nelson - February 10, 2014
Lolo Jones, the U.S bobsledder and former track star, isn’t feeling too well, as she’s come down with cold symptoms, and the timing couldn’t be worse, considering she’s gearing up to compete in the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Jones tweeted about her illness earlier today and said she’s been kept in a room away from the rest of the U.S. team, and she feels kind of lonely.
“Just released,” she wrote. “Been in quarantine room in Olympic Single room was nice, just wish I had one of those stray dogs to keep me company.”
Alex Shibuntani, an ice dancer for the U.S. team, also took to his Twitter account to talk a little smack and to post a comedic photo of him standing clear of Jones. “Lolo Jones has been sick, so this is as close as I’ll let her get to me,” he wrote.
But will a mere cold keep Jones from competing at this year’s Olympic games? Time will tell, but if that is the case, she’ll likely be replaced by alternate team member Katie Eberling.
This year’s winter games is possibly Jones’ last chance to win an Olympic medal, considering she fell short in the 2008 and 2012 games. And it could also be redemption for her, since she’s gotten a lot of backlash from her teammates and others, for getting too much media attention. Many have said her supermodel looks is the reason she’s been on magazine covers and received so much press.
In an interview with NBC Sports, Kellie Wells, who won a bronze medal in the 2012 games, took a verbal jab at Jones and alluded to the fact that she didn’t win an Olympic an medal, because she didn’t work hard enough.
“Well, I think that, on the podium tonight, the three girls that earned their spot and they got their medal and they worked hard and did what they needed to do, prevailed,” said Wells. “And that’s all that really needs to be said.”
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