The article was scathing:
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.
As I’m sure most of you know Jones is an attractive, religious virgin – much like that terrible ‘Quarterback’ in New York. The difference being Jones was a legitimate contender for a medal in London, not getting into San-bow (Teb-chez, if you prefer) here. Yesterday she finished fourth in the hurdles. Today, the NBC morning show trotted Jones out for another post mortem of her Olympic failure – she crashed on the ninth of ten hurdles in Beijing. Jones was extremely confident heading into the Olympics, a big reason for the huge media coverage she received Stateside. Today, she’s an emotionally hollowed out fourth place never was.
My census on the percentage of horrible people on the internet is struggling, but I’m going to maintain my initial hypothesis: the jackals outnumber the good. Lolo needed a medal to avoid being labelled another Anna Kournikova. At 29 the chances of Jones participating in another Olympics are slim – though not impossible. Jones is going to get hated on – even her track teammates appear to dislike her, like extremely dislike.
All of these things probably led to what happened in the interview above. It’s high school all over again – everyone hates the cool, good looking virgin. Possibly more Dawson’s Creek than a real high school, but the point remains.