Lolo Jones: Track and Field Star Will Find Gold Medal Redemption

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2012

EUGENE, OR - JUNE 23:  Lolo Jones reacts after qualifying for 2012 Olympics after coming in third in the women's 100 meter hurdles 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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Team USA’s track and field team is one of the best in the world, but no female star has the chance to steal the spotlight of the 2012 Summer Olympics like hurdler Lolo Jones.

Jones may be best remembered for her trip-up on the second-to-last hurdle that cost her the gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles event at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. After four years of work trying to conquer the burden of that loss, she is ready for her redemption.

In her first heat, Jones blew by the field and finished in first place with a seasonal best of 12.68.

The most promising sign for fans was that Lolo didn’t look like she was giving too much effort, which means she should be ready as she hits the semifinals Wednesday, August 7 at 2:15 p.m. ET and the finals at 4 p.m. ET.


What Gold Would Mean

After coming so close to gold in 2008 and the wild ride the young star has taken off the track since then, the mainstream audience that has been so supportive over the past four years would treat her like a national hero if she were to win the gold.

The story of tragedy and triumph is what the American dream is all about, and Jones’ redemption is just the latest in a long line of great stories from this Olympics. The people that don’t like Lolo or don't know who she is would have to respect her with a gold medal around her neck.

As huge as a win in this event would be for Team USA, Jones redemption would be a personal triumph first and foremost.


What’s Next if Lolo Goes Gold?

As stated earlier, Jones has had a wild four years off the track, becoming the face of many brands and taking on a cult-like following because of her looks and her pledge to remain a virgin until marriage.

While some experts feeling that she has abused her celebrity status, the star has remained stoic and true to herself, providing the right kind of role model for young people looking for a guide.

If Jones were to win a gold medal in London, the already-huge market she has would go through the roof; from cereal boxes to guest appearances on television and everything in between, Jones would be everywhere.

And she will have earned it!


Check back for more on the 2012 Summer Olympics as it comes, and don’t miss Bleacher Report’s Olympics page to get your fill of the best athletes the world has to offer.