“Women have struggled for decades to be appreciated as athletes. For the first time at these Games, every competing nation has sent a female participant. But Jones is not assured enough with her hurdling or her compelling story of perseverance. So she has played into the persistent, demeaning notion that women are worthy as athletes only if they have sex appeal. And, too often, the news media have played right along with her.”
– New York Times writer Jere Longman, in a scathing and rather unhinged hit piece on former LSU and current Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones over the weekend. Jones ran the second-fasted preliminary time at the Olympics this morning.