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Lolo Jones: Reliving the US Hurdlers' Heartbreak at Beijing Games

BEIJING - AUGUST 19:  (L-R) Delloreen Ennis-London of Jamaica, Lolo Jones of the United States and Sally McLellan of Australia compete in the Women's 100m Hurdles Final  held at the National Stadium on Day 11 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 19, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Will OsgoodAnalyst IJuly 23, 2012

Much has been made about Lolo Jones as the 2012 Olympic Games in London approach. Some of it centers around her appearance in the ESPN the Magazine "Body Issue". Some is speculation on whether she can win gold this year. And some of it is still looking back at the 2008 games and the unfortunate fall she took in the finals of the hurdles contest. 

As the video alludes to, Jones made no excuses at the time when she tripped over the ninth of 10 hurdles. She was upset she lost but determined to improve and make her mark in 2012. 

 

Spent my last Sunday before heading to Olympics @hpc, they prayed over me. competitors watch out! Its a big church. prayers = #advantage

— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) July 22, 2012

Jones obviously loves winning and wants to do that every time out. But she has no regrets about that night in Beijing four years ago. In fact she believes prayer will get her through her experience this year just as it did the tough times in 2008. 

Lolo was active on Twitter on Sunday. She continued in her explanation of what is going on as she prepares for London. 

 

I never have prayed to win a gold medal at Olympics and never will. The Lord is my Shepard and I shall not want. May His will be done.

— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) July 22, 2012

The truth is that Lolo wants to win, but she understands there is more to life than simply winning a race or an Olympic medal. That is why she was clearly so disappointed at the outpouring she received Sunday in response to some of her comments on Twitter. 

 

 

Sadly ppl think they prayed 4me to win Olympics & getting tons of rude tweets.Same prayer as last Olympics: to be an inspiration & honor God

— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) July 22, 2012

Lolo made no excuses for her mistakes in 2008 and will not make any excuses this time around if she does not win. But winning is not her ultimate goal. She wants to be seen for her character. And that's the same thing she was trying to exhibit last time around. 

It is for this reason Jones needs to win, though. She needs to continue to handle things with grace and prove her unfortunate fall a competition ago was a mere fluke. Doing so will shut up all the haters. 

She is clearly great. She is a great athlete. She has a heart that wants to compete and a heart that desires to do things the right way. 

Most of all, she does not try to puff herself up and appear strong. She is strong because that's who she is. Lolo Jones is who she is and will be who she will be. 

It may be tough to analyze a past experience by current comments. But if they are any indication, Jones has put the past behind her. She is living in the moment. 

And she will not allow Beijing 2008 to affect her. She will be an Olympic champion in 2012. If that doesn't please you, she probably doesn't care. 

 

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