Lolo Wins in My Book

 

I have been a fan of Lolo Jones since I was in High school. She ran track at LSU, which is “my team” so I followed her before she was the huge star she is today. I not only looked up to her for her amazing running skills (I ran the 100m in school just not hurdles), but also because of her faith and values. Even though it may be unpopular, Lolo stands up for her faith. She is a great role model, especially for athletes, but for some reason people have felt the need to criticize her.

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Lolo has gotten a lot of media attention for her looks, her faith, her openness, and her running story. After clipping the 9th hurdle at Beijing and going from gold medal position to 8th place, many people wrote her off. Then, last year, she had spinal cord surgery, and everyone thought for sure she was done. However, she came back with a vengeance and made the US Olympic team and headed to London. She made it to the final heat, and got 4th place by the snap of a finger. Two other American women came in 2nd and 3rd, which I was of course so happy about,  and very proud of them, but my heart broke for Lolo. It only got worse after, when I watched her on the Today show and then watched an interview with the other two Americans who claimed medals. I went from heartbroken for Lolo, to saddened by these two women, Kellie Wells and Dawn Harper, for their poor attitudes.

Adults on television, complaining in a jealous tantrum that their story wasn’t as popular as Lolo’s. Then, saying that the “people who worked hard” and “earned it” were on the medal stand. While I am sure they DID work hard, so did everyone else in that stadium. Should these two women be highlighted for their accomplishments? Absolutely. But don’t hate on Lolo for your lack of fame.

Please note I am very happy we captured two of the three medals, and was happy for Harper and Wells…excited for their victories. However, you can tell from the interview they are acting smug and arrogant. I think they could have handled it differently for Lolo, and for the USA.

I think we should celebrate everyone who makes it to the Olympics, from the first place to last place. These athletes work their butts off for years and years to get to the Olympics to even get the chance to toe the line. It’s such a huge accomplishment that I think we (and the media) sometimes forgets. We expect such greatness from these athletes we forget that they are people, just like us, who mess up, who have feelings, who have fears.

I think all three of our hurdlers have great and inspiring back stories, and I realize Lolo has gotten more attention, but how is that her fault? She is just living her life. These ladies should be acting as a team not like cliquey high schoolers.

Bottom line, our athletes should be supporting each other and not tearing each other down. Lolo is far from perfect, as we all are, but they are all a part of the same team, team USA.

I feel the same way about healthy living bloggers, like we are all one big team and need to support and encourage each other. Let’s all be sure not to lose sight of the fact that we are all trying to help people become more healthy and be the best version of themselves they can be.

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As if I haven’t posted enough videos for the day, here is one more. runDisney released the new half marathon medal last night! Cute video!

QOTD: What are your thoughts on supporting your fellow teammates?

Olympics Survey

 

I have mentioned on the blog before my love of the Olympics. Did you also know that I attended the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta? We lived in Atlanta for 7 years and had just moved away a couple years before, so we decided to go back and visit friends. I was going into sixth grade, and was stoked to cheer on my country. I so wanted to go to the gymnastics events but they were sold out so we went with my sisters choice, equestrian horseback riding. Not my first choice but still exciting. We drove from New Orleans, with the van decked out in shoe polish “honk if you love the USA” and “Olympics bound.” It was SO much fun. We painted our nails red white and blue, and cheered our little hearts out. Ah, memories. Ok ok enough of a walk down memory lane. I got this survey from Enjoy Your Healthy Life, and just knew I had to participate!

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Favorite Olympic Sports to Watch:

summer: gymnastics, volleyball, track and marathon

winter: figure skating, curling

Favorite Athletes:

summer: Kerri Walsh, Shannon Miller, Kara Goucher, Lolo Jones

winter: Michelle Kwan, Apolo Ohno

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(soruce) I love Lolo. She is a Christian and an LSU graduate! I can’t wait to cheer for her!

Sport/game/race most excited to watch:

summer: marathon, Kerri Walsh/Misty duo in the finals, USA women’s gymnastics against China and Russia

winter: no favorite I can think of

Most boring sport to watch:

summer: boxing/wrestling

winter: speed skating

Toughest sport in my opinion:

summer: gymnastics purely for the technical aspect of it. I can’t even do a cartwheel, so it fascinates me! I of course think the marathon is tough endurance-wise!

winter: figure skating. Being flexible and daring…on ice? Crazy!

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This chick is a beast. I look up to her so so much. Oh to be her!

Who I root for if no American is racing:

summer: Australia, UK, Canada

winter: ditto

Where I am going to watch the Olympics:

At home on my TV. I will probably be DVRing a lot of it.

What Olympic sport I wish I was good at:

summer: Gymnastics, I COULD play volleyball (not Olympic level of course) and I would love the opportunity to go pro with volleyball!

winter: figure skating

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Who else is excited?!? I can’t wait for the opening ceremonies on Friday night. They always do such a good job. Who remembers the amazing drummers from the Beijing opening ceremonies?!?

My FAVORITE! Loved these guys!

QOTD: What are you most looking forward to about the Olympics?