Lolo Jones Would No Longer Rely on Tebow's Fame by Winning Medal in London

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIJune 28, 2012


Lolo Jones and Tim Tebow's connection is uncanny. They're both high-profile athletes who are very religious and are both virgins. After Jones said she would invite Tebow to church in an interview with Jay Leno, the speculation that she and Tebow should date has run rampant.

Along with that speculation comes the thought that this would boost her popularity and fame. However, Jones' fame would become all her own if she can medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Jones has qualified for the London Games in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing third for the Americans with a time of 12.86 seconds.

Jones' time of 12.86 is slightly slower than her personal best of 12.29, coming at the 2008 Olympic trials. However, because times of hurdles vary so much due to the inconsistency of the event, this is a very promising sign for Jones.

While Jones was third in the trials, she was a mere 0.13 seconds behind Dawn Harper, who finished first.

The American record-holder in the 60-meter hurdles looks to medal in a similar event. She has a great shot, too, as her time of 12.86 is only slightly slower than this year's best time, which is 12.49 by Australia's Sally Pearson.

Jones looks like her old self again, and she has run some great times this year. Because, as I said, the times of hurdlers can vary greatly, there is a good chance that Jones will have a good day in London while her competition will not, giving her a chance to avenge an embarrassing fall in the 2008 Olympics that cost her a gold medal.

EUGENE, OR - JUNE 23:  (L-R) Michelle Perry and Lolo Jones compete in the women's 100 meter hurdles semi-final during Day Two of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 23, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Michael Heiman
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If Jones can find a way to medal at the Olympics, she will become a star. We've seen Olympians who were relative unknowns become household names at the Olympics, and Jones already has enough fame to become one if she wins.

Right now, Jones' popularity has seen a boost because of her connection with Tebow, who is the most famous person in America at this time.

However, if she wins a medal in London (even a bronze), she will become popular enough that she will not have to rely on Tebow and being a virgin to capture the limelight.