Athletes & Celebrities

U.S. Olympic Hurdler Lolo Jones Is Pretty Darn Cool

An M&F exclusive interview with the beautiful - and supremely talented - athlete


You expect Olympic athletes to be in shape, but you don’t expect them to look like this. The fact that she could easily moonlight as a model, however, doesn’t mean that Jones has had life handed to her. Growing up in poverty in Des Moines, IA, Jones didn’t have a real place to call home until she was 18, and took up track so she could literally run to a better life. Pointing out the symbolism of her career as a hurdler would almost be too easy—unlike the years of work she has put in to reach this point in her life. Today, Jones is one of the fastest women on Earth (no, not like that), the American record holder in the 60m hurdles, and a heavy favorite to win gold in London. And if she does end up taking up modeling, well, you won’t hear us complaining.

M&F: What did you take away from the Beijing 2008 Games

LJ: It wasn’t my time to win the gold medal. I used the time from 2008 until now to really sharpen my game. There were some weaknesses I needed to fix. There is that saying, “You are only as strong as your weakest muscle.”

What do you when you are not training?

I like to tweet.

You just sit on your sofa tweeting?

Most likely my bed. I’m mad because I created an account for my dog and Twitter suspended it.

Why? Was he being inappropriate?

Well, he is a dog so a self-portrait of himself is technically a naked photo.

Is it true that you’ve dated guys you met through Twitter?

People think I’m lying but I have. I don’t want to say their names—obviously the dates didn’t work out, but I’ve been on at least four dates from Twitter.