The New Kid: Lolo’s Story
Lolo Jones may be new to the Winter Games’ bobsled run, but she’s been a powerhouse on the world’s athletic stage for years, competing in track and field events at two Olympic Summer Games. Lolo’s gold medal in the combined bobsled-skeleton team event at the world championships last January is a testament to her athletic ability, which she’s been honing since childhood.
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Lolo set her sights on becoming a U.S. Olympic track and field hurdler as a child. In fact, she lived with several families during her youth just to stay near a track.
Lolo ran track for Louisiana State University, garnering 11 All-American honors. After graduation, she committed to hurdling professionally.
At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, she finished 7th in the 100m race after clipping the 9th hurdle. Despite the upsetting outcome, Lolo persevered, and in 2010 she finished as the #1 100m hurdler in the U.S. and #2 in the world.
Lolo made a remarkable recovery from spinal cord surgery to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Track and Field Team. At the London 2012 Games, she placed fourth with a season-best time of 12.58 seconds in one of the fastest women’s 100m races in Olympic history.
Shortly after the 2012 Summer Games, Lolo journeyed to Lake Placid, NY, ready to put her hard-earned track skills to good (albeit, different) use. By October, Lolo had secured a spot on the U.S. Women’s Bobsled Team.