Lolo Jones is an American athlete who specializes in the 60-meter and 100-meter hurdles. She won three NCAA titles and garnered 11 All-American honors while at Louisiana State University. She won indoor national titles in 2007, 2008, and 2009 in the 60-meter hurdles, with gold medals at the World Indoor Championship in 2008 and 2010.
Lori Susan “Lolo” Jones was born on August 5, 1982, in Des Moines, Iowa, the United States. Despite her hard childhood and several movements to different cities by her parents, she started training in athletics from an early age. She had a dream – to become a professional athlete.
Lolo Jones was favored to win the 100-meter hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but tripped on the penultimate hurdle, finishing in seventh place. She went on to win gold at the 2008 World Athletics Final, beating the newly crowned Olympic champion Dawn Harper with a time of 12.56. Jones was the American record holder in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.72 until 2018 when both Kendra Harrison and Sharika Nelvis improved the time to 7.70.
On June 23, 2012, Lolo Jones placed third in the 100 m hurdles at the US Olympics trials, qualifying her for a spot on the 2012 Summer Olympics team. At the London Olympics on August 6, she won her heat in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 12.68. On August 7, she placed third in the semi-finals of the 100-meter hurdles, gaining progression to the finals. In the finals later that day Lolo Jones finished fourth with a time of 12.58.
In May 2013, Lolo Jones earned her first win of the 2013 season at the Seiko Golden Grand Prix in Tokyo. She clocked 12.92 seconds in the race – well behind her Drake time of 12.79 and Queen Harrison’s 2013 world-leading time of 12.71 due to the headwind – to hold off Wells, who was still fast enough to finish with silver in 13.07 seconds
At the 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Lolo Jones advanced to the finals. She qualified for the NACAC Championships in Costa Rica. She won the NACAC Championships women’s 100 m hurdles in 12.63.
On March 7, 2020, Lolo Jones ran her first outdoor race in three years at the 2020 Mississippi College Season Opener in Clinton, Mississippi, participating in the 100 Meters Hurdles & 100 Meters events. She won the 100 Meters Hurdles final with 13.45 (−0.1 wind) and the 100 Meters Dash final with 11.93 (1.3 wind.
Moreover, Lolo Jones also competes as a brakewoman on the US national bobsled team. She won a gold medal in the mixed team event at the 2013 World Championships. She represented the US at the 2014 Winter Olympics, making her one of the few athletes who has competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.