Running has remained the one constant in Lolo Jones’ life. The sport granted her an opportunity to continue her passion at the collegiate level. She was awarded with a scholarship to run at the coveted Louisiana State University, where she won three NCAA titles.
A gold medal was simply a figment of her imagination in the 2008 Olympics. Heading into Beijing, Jones was pinned as the leading candidate to sweep the podium in her signature 100-meter hurdles event. After stretching her lead to a body-length distance, Jones failed to clear the ninth hurdle. The devastating failure sent her premature fame to a disappointing seventh-place finish.
The further along her career has progressed, success hasn’t seemed to follow in the slightest. To put it plainly, Jones fell victim to a tumultuous four years following the loss.
That was then, but this is now. This time around, the stage is magnified. Win or bust seems to be the common theme circling her.
She has been the subject of much discussion in the Games thus far. And her mouth can be accredited to that. From her open sex life, or lack thereof, to her infamous social media outburst, Jones has managed to direct all the media buzz.
Now that she has the attention hovering her, she would like to show the world how sweet redemption tastes. Put up or shut up. Jones needs to soften her tone and let her technical footwork do the talking.
So far, all that sideline banter has warranted her some pleasure. Today, she advanced to the semifinals after clocking in at a respectable 12.68 seconds.
However, if she plans on walking away with the hardware, she is going to need to master her craft and adjust some minor details. Her time was scorched after Australian Sally Pearson registered in at 12.57 seconds.
The moral of Monday is the fact that she qualified for Tuesday, and will live to fight another day. Tomorrow at 2:15 ET, Jones and Pearson will square off. The top two ladies will advance to the following round.
All eyes will be on her tomorrow afternoon. Lolo, make us proud.