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Bobsledding doesn't seem to engender much controversy, although honestly we're not entirely tapped into the bobsledding scene. Perhaps it's a hotbed of intrigue and drama. The selection of former Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones, however, has at least a few bobsledding aficionados making their dissent public. Jones helped the U.S. medal in her first World Cup race after making the roster in 2012, but the fact that she beat out two more experienced bobsledders has resulted in criticism through email and social media. Jones can't do much to silence her critics right now -- all she can do is help the team win a medal in two weeks.
Here's a sampling of what readers had to say in our Facebook conversation on the story:
Complaining about money is generally a way for a famous athlete to bring down the ire of the internet on his or her head, but Lolo Jones' recent money complaint might mask a legitimate, larger point. Jones tweeted out a Vine video of a $741.84 paycheck she received for training for the U.S. bobsled team. That's not bad for a week's pay, but the check was for seven months, a fact that Jones mocked in her video. Some fellow bobsledders were not amused, calling the video insulting. Jones said her point was to make people appreciate how hard Olympic athletes work, but her delivery might have muddled her message.
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