Already stinging from her fourth-place finish in Tuesday's 100-meter hurdles, Lolo Jones battled tears on Wednesday and lashed out at critics who "ripped me to shreds" days before she competed in the Olympics final.
The subject of her ire: A piece in The New York Times last weekend that questioned whether Jones was more marketing sensation than gifted athlete. The article pointedly compared her to Anna Kournikova, the former tennis professional who capitalized on her stunning looks while competing for more than a decade, peaking at No. 8 in the world in 2000 but never winning a WTA title.
"I think it was crazy just because it was two days before I competed, and then the fact that it was from a U.S. media,'' Jones told Savannah Guthrie during a Wednesday appearance on The Today Show, fighting tears before letting her emotions flow.
"They should be supporting our U.S. Olympic athletes and instead they just ripped me to shreds. I just thought that that was crazy because I worked six...