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Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones says keeping her virginity ‘Harder than training for the Olympics’ (video)

May 22, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

Lolo Jones AP

When trying to keep your virginity, it helps to be fast, apparently. Makes sense when you think about it. Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones was the focus of an HBO Real Sports segment that airs tonight, and if you’re looking for candid, this will be the place. HBO released a teaser clip of the show (video following the jump), which included this: Jones, on her trouble finding a man to commit to, and staying a virgin:

“It’s just a gift I want to give to my husband. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Harder than training for the Olympics. Harder than graduating college. … I’ve had guys tell me, if you have sex it will help you run faster.”

Jones, who posed nude for ESPN’s The Body Issue in 2009, will be 30 in August. But evidently she’s focused on just one thing, and it isn’t a relationship. As you recall she was favored to win the 100-meter hurdles at Beijing in 2008 but tripped and finished seventh. She’s won two gold medals in the 60m hurdles at the World Indoor Championships in 2008 and ’10, but never a gold in the 100m — she won silver in the event in 2008 at the World Athletics Final.

To Jones it’s always been about athletics: she went to live with another family when her parents moved to an area where the high school didn’t have a track team. She’s worked a variety of part-time jobs to get through college and subsidize her track career, so it should be an interesting program tonight.

Also, shouldn’t someone introduce her to Tim Tebow? They could share virginity anecdotes.

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  1. lbroberts123 - May 22, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    She is gorgeous, so I believe her when she says it’s hard to remain celibate. I’m sure she has many guys trying to be with her.

    • Glenn - May 23, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      Is it just me or is there some PED vibe here? Her jaw and abs don’t seem naturally feminine.

  2. florida727 - May 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Interesting article… right up until the Tebow cheap-shot. Couldn’t just leave that one alone, huh Rick? Wasn’t clever. Try again.

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - May 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

      Not really a cheap shot – he didn’t say anything disparaging about either of them being a virgin. If anything it actually makes sense: two people in similar professions, with similar values as it pertains to sex before marriage… seems like florida727 is a little quick on the trigger defending his precious Tebow.

  3. 32bigg - May 22, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Are you kidding? A Tebow match makes perfect sense. They’re both virgins, so they’ll have no idea how bad they suck in bed.

    • dowhatifeellike - May 22, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      I’d be willing to teach Lolo. It’ll take a lot of intense practice, but I figure she’s already accustomed to that sort of thing.

  4. opshuns - May 23, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    What a beautiful child. It is a pity that the world isn’t more like her.

  5. sasquash20 - May 23, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    Yeah I kind of think she would be a bad and boring lay. I want a chick that is dirty and knows how to move her hips in the sack. She is hot and maybe can do other things, but I have to question her for waiting so long. I see potential lay there like a log lay in her future. I want a chick that oozes sexuality when she gets to hit skins.

    • lbroberts123 - May 23, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      @sasquash20 Yeah and you, sir, are what we like to refer to as “a tool.”

      • sasquash20 - May 23, 2012 at 11:26 PM

        I’m a whore and proud of it. Call me tool all you want but I don’t want a sack of potatoes in bed.

    • dmoney666 - May 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      It’s also very typical of female athletes to lack sexuality. It’s been said many times that that super hot tennis chick (Sharapova) is horrible in bed. I’ve been with one myself and can confirm the hangups…

      It’s a shame a gorgeous, healthy 30-year-old woman is denying herself what’s healthy.

      • trbowman - May 24, 2012 at 3:42 AM

        “I’m a whore and proud of it.”


  6. dmoney666 - May 23, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    I speak from experience and many years of observation here: her future husband will not be getting anything “special.” Denying your sexuality is physically and mentally *unhealthy*. This is something heavily promoted by the religious abstinence crowd, which has time and time again proven to be a fallacy. “Oh, keep it as a gift.” Taking someone’s virginity is not a gift. It’s a lesson in frustration, trust me. You are getting someone who clearly has sexual hangups (that’s always fun!). She has no experience, so she has no idea what she likes, nor how to please a guy (spare me the “but you can lovingly teach her!” garbage). And in order to have a SUCCESSFUL, HEALTHY marriage, partners need to be very sexually compatible – or sooner or later things WILL self-destruct. How do you know if you are compatible if you haven’t had sex before you walk down the aisle??

    Being with someone who has experience leads to a much more healthy sex life for couples.

    This woman is in her sexual prime and denying it. I truly believe she’s fooling herself.

    • lbroberts123 - May 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      Who said that you HAVE to have “experience?” This is a choice she made and it should be respected. When she marries, if her husband truly loves her then he will enjoy whatever sex life they have between each other. Whoever decided that someone has to explore their sexuality or that people need to have sex to gain “experience” was just making a selfish decision.

    • lbroberts123 - May 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      And speaking about partners needing to be compatible… When she marries, her and her husband can determine what makes them compatible. She doesn’t have to have to figure that out before.

      • dmoney666 - May 23, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        You can’t force compatibility.

    • hwatt - May 23, 2012 at 11:14 PM

      sorry, but no. If you can’t stay married because of bad sex then you are totally missing the point of marriage alltogether. Marriages that self-destruct, as you say, because of sex have very poor foundations in the first place. Some people just need to stick with dating and drifting from bed-mate to bed-mate.

      Speaking from experience myself, one virgin marrying another virgin is just about the best thing you can get. There are no previous sexual moldings from previous partners clouding expectations. It’s just one humble person with another, each learning the ropes. Since you are married, it’s ok if it takes a while to figure out how to get good. Sex is supposed to be one of the most intimate, sacred things you can do, it’s not something to be toyed with and thrown around casually. When you do that…well… shouldn’t be too hard to look around to see people’s lives wrecked bc of careless sex

      If her husband isn’t a virgin then, again, sex life would be something to work through in one of the many facets of marriage. I’m glad she didn’t give herself away to some boy who doesn’t know what true, deep, sacrificial and eternal love is!

  7. lbroberts123 - May 23, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    @dmoney666 You may not be able to force compatibility, but if the two truly love each other, they will sacrifice for the other, while continuing to find ways to keep their love life where it needs to be.

  8. hwatt - May 23, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    I actually like the tebow line, go figure. That’s a 6 year age difference, borderline cougar territory, don’t know if tebow is in to that sort of thing. But yes, two pro athletes, both virgins? That’s so rare they might as well be introduced to each other, it could be a sign! lol

  9. trbowman - May 24, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    Well hey, if you change your mind….feel free to let me know.

  10. mybrunoblog - May 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    It’s terrific that this woman is saving herself for marriage. Good for her. That said, the manager of the Walmart near her house said “When Lolo is in town we can’t keep batteries in stock”