Description: Lolo Jones became America's feel-good story of the summer after she earned a spot on USA's track and field team. But her long road back to the Olympics isn't going to end with a spot on the podium.
Jones wasn't expected to make it this far to begin with, after suffering a spinal chord injury that required surgery last August. Since her recovery, Jones hadn't been exactly dominating the competition, according to CBSSports.com:
Recently she'd shown herself to be beatable by not just Harper and Wells, but a bundle of other hurdlers who had passed her over the obstacles at recent trial runs. Yet here, when it counts the most, she nabs the final spot? That's clutch -- and speeds up the Jones narrative heading into London.
Then, she shocked the track and field community when she finished third in the 100-meter hurdle trials in Eugene, Oregon with a time of 12.86 seconds.
Already one of the most recognizable figures in American Olympic sports before this stunner, Jones has since blown up the airwaves with a plethora of television and radio appearances. She is a beautiful woman who has gained notoriety for proclaiming her status as a virgin, and her photogenic face is already hitting magazine covers across the country.