Lolo Jones 'Heartbroken' After Olympics Loss, Leans on God for Comfort
By Lily Garcia - Crossmap On August 9, 2012
U.S. Olympic track and field athlete Lolo Jones leans on God for support in her loss in the women's 100-meter hurdles final on Tuesday.
Jones tweeted Tuesday afternoon, "In room singing Desert Song by Hillsong. It's on repeat. Lord Jesus please comfort me, guide me, and heal my broken heart."
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The gold medal went to Australian Sally Pearson with 12.35 seconds. Teammates Dawn Harper took the silver with 12.37 and Kellie Wells finishing with the bronze medal with 12.48. Jones came in fourth with 12.58, missing an olympic medal by one-tenth of a second.
Jones later tweeted thanking all her fans for her support and then followed with the tweet, "Also want to thank u Lord for giving me technically the best seat in the Stadium to watch the 100mh final. Congrats Sally, Dawn, and Kellie."
Jones said the defeat has been heartbreaking, but she will lean on the Bible during this difficult time.
“I’ll definitely be reading my Bible and try to grasp the positives and see what God has to teach me from all this. That’s the only way I feel I can get rebalanced right now, because I am so broken-hearted.”
Jones was also heartbroken just two days before the race due to a The New York Times article titled “For Lolo Jones, Everything is Image,” which
claimed that her popularity "was based not on achievement but on her exotic beauty and on a sad and cynical marketing campaign."
In an interview on the Today Show, Jones, nearly in tears, explained how she felt about the article.
"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. They should be supporting our U.S. Olympic athletes and instead they just ripped me to shreds," she said. "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 ... they just tore me apart, which is heartbreaking.”
But the outspoken Christian continued to seek God’s strength as she mouthed "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," right
before her race.