“Running was like the friend that never left. It was just always there.”
“Sometimes bad things are going to happen in your life, and those things can make you stronger if you just learn how to get over them.”
“Maybe there's a little girl who thinks she can be an Olympic athlete, and she sees all the things I struggled through to get here. Yeah, I didn't walk away with a medal or run away with a medal, but I think there's lessons to be learned when you win and lessons to be learned when you lose.”
Lolo Jones (born Lori Jones on August 5, 1982 in Des Moines, Iowa) is an American track and field athlete. Lolo’s family moved a lot while she was young. Lolo spent high school away from her family so she could attend Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines and run track. The Des Moines community helped nurture Lolo, helping her excel in the classroom and on the track. She was named the Gatorade Midwest Athlete of the Year and set the record at the Iowa State track meet. Lolo enrolled at Louisiana State University. In 2002, she was the runner-up at the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She won the 60-meter Hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2003 and was part of the 4×100-meter team at that year’s Outdoor Championships. She finished her collegiate career as an 11-time All-American and 6-time SEC champion. She failed to qualify for the 2004 Summer Olympics but didn’t let that discourage her. She placed sixth at the 100-meter hurdles at the 2006 World Athletics Final. She won her first national championship in 2007, taking the 60-meter hurdles. She qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and was the favorite to win but she fell after clipping the 9th hurdle. She finished seventh. She placed fourth at the 2012 Summer Olympics at the 100-meter hurdles. In addition to running, Lolo was a member on the 19th season of Dancing With The Stars.
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Lolo Jones is best known as a track and field athlete.
Lolo is very open with her spirituality. She is active in supporting Des Moines after the town helped raise her. She donated a new pair of running shoes for every member of her High School’s track team and donated $3,000 to improve the indoor track surface.