Lolo Jones famously fave up the hurdles to try her hand at another Olympic sport, bobsledding. Track stars making the switch to bobsledding isn’t unheard of and one such famous incident was chronicled in “Cool Runnings” were Jamaican sprinters team up to try their hand at bobsledding.
But apparently the winter Olympics isn’t as well-paying as their summer counterparts, and that has Lolo Jones worried she won’t be able to pay her rent this month. In the Vine video she shows her pay check for the whole season, seven months, that totals out to a mere $741.84 from the U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Foundation.
Other bobsledders are speaking out against Lolo’s video.
“It wasn’t taken very well,” Olympic gold medalist Steven Holcomb said, via USA TODAY. “People were really kind of insulted. You just made $741, more than most athletes in the sport. So what are you complaining about?”
“The way it came across to a lot of the athletes here 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. 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? She slapped pretty much every athlete in the U.S. federation in the face. That was the general consensus.”
It is worth noting that Lolo Jones has endorsement deals with McDonalds, Asics, BP, Red Bull and more.
Lolo Jones released a statement through Red Bull to respond.
“I didn’t want to offend anyone, and I’ve always wanted to help out my bobsled teammates,” the statement read. “Some of them have debt because they’ve given their life to the sport. My partner Jazmine and I had to raise money for the bobsled to be funded just to finish the season, because only 2 of the 3 sleds are funded by the team. I can’t imagine halfway through my track season having to stop and raise money to finish.
“The vine of the paycheck is just showing the difference between track and bobsled, and to be honest bobsledders work more hours than track! The bottom line is that all Olympic athletes dedicate their lives to their sports and do not receive lucrative paychecks like athletes in mainstream professional sports. So hopefully this will make people appreciate just how hard Olympians work, often just for the love of the sport.”
But not all bobsledders took offense.
.@lolojones thanks for brining the issues to light! Bobsledders aren’t high paid pro athletes like you see on tv
— Elana Meyers (@eamslider24) June 17, 2013