Lolo Jones' Jokey Video Sparks a Brawl
Rant about $741 bobsled paycheck doesn't go over well
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2013 12:57 PM CDT
In this 2012 file photo, Lolo Jones competes in the U.S. women's bobsled push championships in Lake Placid.   (AP Photo/Michael Lynch, File)

(Newser) – Track-star-turned-bobsledder Lolo Jones is doing some speedy damage control after she made a Vine video this week snarking about a measly paycheck of $741.84 from her new sport. "Seven months with bobsled season. The whole season. That's it," she says, reports the Christian Science Monitor. Then, pretending to call her landlord: "I’m sorry, I’m just calling because I'm going to be a little late on my rent this month." One of bobsledding's biggest names, Steven Holcomb, tells USA Today that the video was insulting to him and other bobsledders who make far less money than athletes in other sports.

It was "kind of snobby because she's one of the most well-known athletes in the world and she's making pretty good money in endorsements (from her track fame)," he says. "And to basically turn around and slap us in the face because you didn't make any money this year in bobsledding while taking money from other athletes?" That, it turns out, was completely the opposite reaction Jones expected. She issued a statement explaining that she was trying to help by making the issue of bobsledders' paltry pay public—"hopefully this will make people appreciate just how hard Olympians work, often just for the love of the sport"—and now teammate Jazmine Fenlator is backing her.

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Jun 22, 2013 1:56 AM CDT
If I was doing something nobody else could and our country takes it very seriously when they win in the Olympics, I would like a little help also. Most sledders are taken care of by their goverments and are very serious about the winter olympics. Look around next time our government gives money to countries we can't even visit any more because its to dangerous. Maybe that is money that could be more well used.
Jun 19, 2013 12:02 PM CDT
Don't be so tough on Lolo. Perhaps she discovered a cure for cancer while sledding down her course. On the other hand, why are other sledders complaining about her wanting more money in the sport? Too many head on crashes?
Jun 19, 2013 8:53 AM CDT
If you want to be paid more, ride something ELSE!