Lolo Jones has become as famous for her abstinence as she has for her hurdling ability. Honestly, both are extraordinary feats.
Maintaining her form in both endeavors surely requires negotiating impediment after impediment.
In London, Jones will have her sights set on redemption. In Beijing 2008, she was the favorite to capture gold in the 100 meter hurdles, but she fell. The fall caused her to finish in seventh place.
She's had her ups and downs since then, like not qualifying for the US outdoor world team in 2011, but she has persevered. Now, she has another shot at Olympic gold.
Jones is more than just a great athlete. She's a beautiful young lady whose charisma and personality make her athletics and personal story all the more intriguing. She talks about her abstinence and the obstacles it has created on HBO's Real Sports:
Those things established, here are three things I'd love for Lolo to accomplish, in chronological order.
Win a Gold Medal
She was so close to attaining this goal in 2008. The odds are against her a little more now with Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells considered to be the favorites.
But anything can happen when the gun goes off; Jones' stumble in 2008 is proof of that.
Even if she doesn't capture the gold, an Olympic medal would be a nice send-off for her.
Find a Boyfriend
She mentioned that her abstinence makes it a little difficult to maintain a relationship. I'm hoping she can find someone who understands her plight and, more importantly, shares her conviction.
Loneliness sucks, and it doesn't discriminate. Even beautiful female track stars can be affected.
It seems that this is something that would possibly even make her happier than winning a gold medal. In this day and age of high-divorce rates, that desire is refreshing.
At that point, she can also remove the weight she carries on behalf of her faith.
Lolo seems to be a charming and sweet young lady, and if these three things occur, we'd likely see that awesome smile even more.
Happiness is a good thing.
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