Thursday, August 9, 2012

LoLo Jones: You Still The One For Me

LoLo Jones:  You Still The One For Me
By Kenny Smith, KDTN Radio One

MEMPHIS (IFS) – LoLo Jones finished her 12 second race in the fourth position, did not get a medal, but she got my heart.  Finishing in the race did not give her what she hoped for, but it did give me hope for the future.  She’s a national icon that will not go away to soon.  Her very hard work six days a week for over four years did however landed her in the hearts of the entire nation.  You are a champion, and will always be one.

Ms. Jones has nothing to be a shame of or about.  She laid her heart on the line and gave it her all.  Sometimes, it just ends that way in life too.  As in a song written by RG Ingersoll, the famed Motown songwriter, “Nobody said love was easy, Nobody wins each time around”, but to that tune from Ingersoll, it is understood, that we all must continue on with life and with the task at hand of living each and everyday of our lives with laying it on the line with each and ever breath.

It takes a real dedicated person to pursue their dreams, and Jones is an example of during just that.  She’s a winner regardless of getting a medal.  Her medal is on the inside of her, and it shows all the time.

The media was not fair to her and seemed to downgrade her as a person, when they should have been talking about her accomplishments of being the American champion that was going against the other great athletes in her competition. 

This writer hopes that other young ladies are not defeated in their quest for medals, and overlook the real challenges of live, the desire of just getting in the position to get to the Olympics.  That’s a feat within itself.  Ms. Jones, I for one stand up and gives you great respect and with hopes that you will one day complete your dream.  However, you have other great attributes to complete in sports broadcasting and business adventures that will out shine anything you will ever do on the track and field.

You are a shinning example of real sportsmanship and a person of great importance to me and the United States of America.  Getting a medal is important, but as Muhammad Ali, when he was stripped of his championship belt, he became bigger than the sport of boxing. As he excelled in life, he too became a people’s champion to the world, and so shall you.  You just keep the faith, and the world will be your oyster with a big shiny pearl.

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