Lolo Jones is a popular American hurdler and bobsledder. Lolo Jones specializes in the 60-meter and 100-meter hurdles and has won several locals, national, and international titles throughout her sports journey.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
Lolo Jones was born on August 5, 1982, and she is currently 38 years old. Her full name is Lori Susan “Lolo” Jones and she hails from Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. Moreover, Lolo Jones’s zodiac sign is Leo.
Talking about her family, Lolo has described herself as French, African-American, Native American, and of Norwegian descent. Moreover, Lolo is a devout Christian. We can see Lolo praying before competitions. She also talks about her faith on Twitter. Moreover, she grew up with her siblings and a single mother, Lori. Lolo was also named after her mother but started going by the name ‘Lolo’ in order to differentiate herself and her mother on the telephone.
Talking about her educational journey, Lolo graduated from Louisiana State University in the year 2005. Lolo resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at present. Prior to this, Lolo Jones attended eight schools in eight years. This was while her mother often worked two jobs to support her family of six.
Lolo’s father spent most of her childhood in the Air Force. Later on, her father spent almost half of his life in state prison. When she was in third grade, Lolo’s family settled in the basement of a Des Moines Salvation Army church. When the church offered day camps during the summer, young Lolo Jones often woke up early. She did this so that she could avoid other kids’ teasing if they ever found she was living in the basement.
When her family was about to make another move to Forest City, Iowa, Lolo Jones told her mother that she can’t go to a city that doesn’t have a track because she was trying to pursue her dream. However, Lolo was mistaken because Forest City High School had a track.
Furthermore, Lolo Jones and her family parted ways. Her mentor, Coach Ferguson, made arrangements for Lolo to live with four different families during her enrollment at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines.
Career and Professional Life
Professionally, Lolo Jones is a famous hurdler and bobsledder. Lolo specializes in the 60-meter and 100-meter hurdles. The sportsperson won three NCAA titles and also gained 11 All-American honors. She made this achievement while at Louisiana State University.
Moreover, Lolo won indoor national titles in the years 2007, 2008, and 2009 in the 60-meter hurdles. Lolo won gold medals at the World Indoor Championship in 2008 and 2010. In bobsled, Lolo won the 2021 IBSF World Championships as the brakewoman for Kaillie Humphries.
Additionally, Lolo was favored to win the 100-meter hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. However, she tripped on the penultimate hurdle and hence finished in seventh place. The sportsperson went on to win gold at the 2008 World Athletics Final. During this tournament, Lolo beat the newly crowned Olympic champion, Dawn Harper, with a time of 12.56.
Further, Jones was the American record holder in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.72. She held this record until the year 2018 when both Kendra Harrison and Sharika Nelvis improved the time to 7.70. Moreover, Lolo Jones is also a part of the competing brakewomen on the U.S. national bobsled team. In this sport, Lolo and her team won a gold medal at the 2013 World Championships.
Jones also represented the United States at the 2014 Winter Olympics. This made Lolo Jones one of the few athletes competing in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Further, Lolo was a track star at LSU in college. Her team also received the crown of SEC champion 6 times. Also, Lolo finished 1st in the World Indoor Championships 60-meter hurdles. This led to the speculation that Lolo was the favorite in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2012 London games.
Outside of the Olympics, Lolo has also appeared on numerous reality TV shows. These include Dancing with the Stars, The Challenge, and Celebrity Big Brother. Moreover, Asics and Red Bull have sponsored Lolo Jones.
Lolo Jones was romantically involved with Jimmy Butler. However, at present, it seems like the duo has gone their separate ways and hence Lolo might be single now. Lolo often talks about maintaining her virginity until marriage. In a 2012 segment on HBO’s Real Sports, Lolo Jones shared that she dates online and often struggles to maintain her virginity.
Lolo Jones stands tall at an approximate height of 1.75 meters or 5 feet 8 inches. Likewise, Lolo has a bodyweight of 73 kgs and her chest-waist-hip measures are 34-25-35 inches respectively. Further, Lolo has hazel eyes and blonde hair color.
Social Media and Net Worth
Talking about her social media presence, Lolo Jones joined Twitter in August 2009 and so far has over 390.6K followers in her @lolojones account. Likewise, she goes by @lolojones on Instagram. So far, this account boasts 679 posts shares and over 564k followers as of early 2021. She is also active on Tiktok. Lolo’s TikTok username is @lolojones. So far, Lolo has garnered 76.5K followers and 1.3 million likes on this personal Tiktok account, Moving on, Lolo Jones has a net worth estimation of approximately $1.5 million US dollars.