Lolo Jones: What's Next for Hurdler Now That Her Olympics Are Over?

Chris StephensCorrespondent IIAugust 7, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06:  Lolo Jones of the United States competes in the Women's 100m Hurdles heat on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 6, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Just as quickly as it came, the 2012 London Olympics are over for U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones.

And, just like in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Jones will be going home without a medal, although her fourth-place finish in London was much better than her seventh-place finish in Beijing.

So, what's next for Jones? Does she continue in the sport she loves or does she hang up her spikes and walk away from the track forever?

Jones just turned 30 and is at a junction in her career where many track athletes decide to hang it up.

But, will she?

After two-straight Olympics of disappointment, I wouldn't be surprised to see Jones make another run at the Olympics in 2016. We know she has the drive. And as long as injuries and surgeries don't come along in the next four years, she could actually have four full years to train.

Of course, age will be a factor as well, since she'll be 34 at the time the Rio Olympics happen.

Say she decides to give it another go. Think about it for a second.

A world-class athlete, who was at once the best in the world at the 100-meter hurdles, having four years to focus and train for one event.

We know she has the drive for it, and a person can make their body do things never thought possible—just look at what Carl Lewis did the in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

While many thought her story for this Olympics was grand, after coming back from spinal surgery, how much greater would her story be if she qualified for Rio in 2016 and won a medal?

I'm sure many people will read this article and say that it will never happen, but I'm not so sure.

Jones doesn't seem like she's in a place where she's ready to call it a career. She seems to be enjoying herself and what she's doing.

So, why not?

Give it a go one more time and let's see if this story can have a great ending.