Lolo Jones is the embodiment of the American Dream - born into humble beginnings, she is now ranked amongst the top-three women for all-time in the 60m and 100m hurdles. But it wasn’t an easy ascension to sporting greatness - her family moved eight times within eight years, moving schools each year and at one point settling in the basement of the Des Moines Salvation Army. But Lolo’s determination to realise her dream of a career on the track saw her make the difficult decision to put down roots as her family moved on once again.
She finally settled at Theodore Roosevelt High School whilst training at the Des Moines Area Youth Track Club. Under the tutelage of her coach and mentor, and with the support of her local community, Lolo excelled on the track, where her early achievements eventually earned her the title of Gatorade Midwest Athlete of the Year.
After graduating, Lolo enrolled at Louisiana State University and won a place on the LSU track team, competing in 60m and 100m hurdles. Here she became an 11-time All-American and a 6-time SEC champion.
Since earning her degree at LSU, Lolo has faced many challenges on and off the track, including spinal surgery in 2011. But determination and the ability to overcome adversity rank amongst her many strengths, and these characteristics, along with her natural talent, have ultimately seen her represent the USA at the 2012 Olympic finals in London.