Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
Edited by: Tommy Parrill (@DearTommy)
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Some say that it was a joke and others say that she was legitimately upset, but either way, Lolo Jones is now back in the media for all the wrong reasons. A few days ago, proven Olympic track star and U.S. Bobsled team hopeful, Lolo Jones, angrily tweeted a video of the check that she received from the U.S. Bobsled & Skating Foundation for her last seven months of training. Much to her “surprise”, she only received $741.84 for her efforts. No folks, that was not a typo. Jones seemed to be very displeased with the amount but if you ask me, she should know by now that low-profile Olympic sports don’t receive much funding.
You may think that all Olympic athletes make enough money to live free and easy for the rest of their lives, but that is not the case. When they are not in season or training for the Olympics, Olympic athletes usually pick up other jobs to make ends meet. If you have ever followed the Olympics or understand supply and demand, you already knew about this. I have always been a huge fan of Miss Jones and would like her to be known as Mrs. Curtis Ashcraft one day, but I digress. The popularity of bobsledding is just not as high as other sports, and due to that, the funding, and private funding especially, will not be there like it is for speed skating, hockey and curling.
I totally respect Lolo for branching out from the Summer Olympics into the Winter Olympic events, but if she is being serious about her displeasure, she just doesn’t get it. The only way to receive more money for bobsledding is fairly simple. Either you go out and get another job in your “off time”, or you continue the highest level of training, win a medal at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and earn more popularity which in turn, means more money. Just because these athletes train for many months, doesn’t mean that they should get paid. The payday should come after your hard work and dedication finally pays off with that gold medal hanging around your neck.
In all honesty, I think that my girl Lolo is financially in a good place from her track and field endorsements and this was all just a joke taken the wrong way. If it wasn’t, Jones should do whatever it takes to bring bobsledding back to the popularity it had when 'Cool Runnings' was the must-see movie to watch. Don’t worry Lolo, Curtis can take care of you.
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