Lolo Jones: Disappointing Beijing Finish Has Jones Poised for Gold in 2012 Games

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Lolo Jones: Disappointing Beijing Finish Has Jones Poised for Gold in 2012 Games
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Lolo Jones has fallen once, but in the 2012 London Olympics, rest assured that this American track and field prodigy will be standing tall.

At the 2008 Beijing Games, the clear favorite to take the women's 100-meter hurdles was on gold-medal pace before she clipped a hurdle late in the run to drop out of first.

Her teammate Dawn Harper came out on top in the race for Team USA, and will also be a fierce competitor in this year's Games. 

However, Harper will not be the top competitor that Jones has to keep her eye on. Her biggest rival at these Games has to be Australia's stud athlete Sally Pearson.

Pearson won the 2011 World Championships in the 100-meter hurdles event. It was at the World Championships that Pearson also took down Harper. She also finished with a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Yet, regardless of the fact Pearson is a force to reckon with at these 2012 London Games, it will be Jones coming out on top.

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Lolo Jones (middle) knocks down hurdle in the Beijing race. The mishap in 2008 cost her the race.

For one, Jones was the surefire favorite to win the 2008 competition in Beijing. If not for a slip up on one of the hurdles, Jones would be the reigning Olympic champion and looking for a second consecutive gold.

Knowing that she should have brought home a gold four years ago will be tremendous motivation.

According to NBCOlympics.com's athlete profile, after surgery in 2011 on her spine, Jones had to work through injury and was able to grab the last spot on the team.

Motivation and the fact that Jones was able to qualify for the team is exactly what gives this racer the edge. She has a plethora of experience, was once a gold-medal favorite and knows how to bring it on race day.

Jones has seen struggles since the 2008 Beijing Games, but there's no question she's ready to climb back to the top of the sport.

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