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Speaking with NBC’s Michelle Beadle, Harper and Wells made it clear that they are tired of the media coverage their teammate Lolo Jones is receiving, insinuating that she’s not talented enough to garner the attention she’s received. Harper, who took home the silver medal in Tuesday’s 100m hurdles, said that her feelings were hurt when the cameras never turned away from Lolo.
“I thought I was a pretty good story. Knee surgery two months before Olympic trials in 2008, to make the team by 0.007, not have a contract, working three jobs, living in a frat house, running in someone else’s shoes to get the gold medal… ehhh, it sounds pretty interesting. Coming from East St. Louis. I just felt I worked really hard to represent my country to win the gold medal. I just feel like because their favorite didn’t win, we’re going to push your story aside and still gonna push this one, that hurt my feelings. But I showed I can deal with the pressure and came back [after coming in fourth in 2008], and I think you’ve kind of got to respect it a little bit now.”