Lolo Jones: American Olympian's Virginity Deserves Applause and Respect

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterMay 22, 2012

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17:  Track and field athlete Lolo Jones poses for a portrait during the USOC Portrait Shoot at Smashbox West Hollywood on November 17, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images for USOC)
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Lolo Jones is a virgin. 

This very personal matter is about to become a very public affair. Despite being a nation founded on puritanical sentiments, we are pretty interested in sex, who is having it and with whom they are sharing this tawdry action. 

The same goes for athletes, and the beautiful ones get all the hype and hoopla. The 29-year old Jones is set to become the focus of a Real Sports segment on HBO. 

The segment will touch upon a great many things that are far more important than how much sex Jones isn't having. 

She has spent a lifetime in a search for Olympic glory. Despite being a favorite in the 100 meter hurdles during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she clipped the 9th hurdle and finished well short of the medals.

If you ask me, that is far more intriguing than someone's virgin status—not that she doesn't deserve a standing ovation for the feat.

I worry that her status will far overshadow what she accomplishes on the track. 

Her announcement on Twitter had her followers talking, and now the HBO segment will captivate the rest of the world. 

Every last outlet is chiming in on the news that this athlete is saving herself until marriage. The connection to Tim Tebow is obvious, but I hope it ends there. 

The last thing Jones needs on the final push to these Olympics is a media firestorm that revolves around the one thing that is pretty meaningless to anything she does on the track. 

You can almost sense the world shaking their heads and wondering how a beautiful woman like Jones goes this long without losing her virginity. 

In the brief segment, you can see that Jones is as flabbergasted at the feat as you all are. She claims that remaining free of sex is the hardest thing she has ever done. 

She continues to try online dating with limited success. 

Men have even promised faster times on the track if she would just relent in the bedroom. Ah, at least we can count on the male part of our race to remain unchanged. 

I hope our fascination with athletes and their virginity ends at passing curiosity, far from the incessant media hype that follows someone like Tebow.

Good for the virgins out there! Such dedication is remarkable and honorable. 

Let's just not make it everything. 

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