Lolo Jones

Lolo Jones is an American track and field funner, as well as a bobsledder. She finished seventh in the 100m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and fourth at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. 

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Lori "Lolo" Jones was born on August 5, 1982 in Des Moines, Iowa. She is of a mixed descent, consisting of of French, African-American, Native American and Norwegian. Known best for her skills in track and field, particularly the 60m and 100m hurdles, she got off to a great start at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, where her immense talent as a runner lead to her being named Gatorade's Iowa Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

 

Although her upbringing may have been a little harsh (Lolo grew up poor and was one of five children being raised by her single mother, Lori), her successes in track and field lead to her to be able to attend Louisiana State University, a path she chose in order to follow in the footsteps of famous hurdler and role model, Kim Carson. Prior to this decision, Lolo had planned to attend to enroll at Iowa State University as part of their Upward Bound/Science Bound program. While in attendance at Louisiana State, she was able to win the 100m hurdle event at the NCAA Track & Field Championship in 2002, as well as the 60m indoor hurdles in 2003 and 2004.

 

Upon graduating, Lolo continued to compete in various track and field events, with some of her biggest accomplishments being two gold medals in the 60 m hurdles at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in 2008 and 2010, as well as a silver medal at the IAAF Continental Cup in 100m hurdles in 2010 and another gold in the mixed team event at the 2010 FIBT World Championships for bobsledding. Of course, there is no bigger accomplishment than competing in the Olympics, which Lolo has done in both 2008 and 2012. She also plans to participate at her first Winter Olympics in 2014 as part of the US bobsled team. 

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