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Lolo Jones Biography

Birth Name:
Lori Jones
Birth Place:
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Track athlete, bobsled athlete

Fast Facts

  • Nicknamed Lolo to distinguish her from mother, also Lori
  • Ancestry includes French, African-American, Native American and Norwegian
  • Raised by her mother, but lived with various other Des Moines families during high school, when her family had to move to another town
  • Amassed numerous sprint-hurdles titles as a pro, including back-to-back World indoor titles (2008; 2010 in U
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  • record 7
  • 72); three straight U
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  • indoor (2007-09); and U
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  • outdoor (2008, 2010)
  • Infamously clipped the penultimate hurdle while leading the 100m hurdles final of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, stumbling to a seventh-place finish
  • Posed in ESPN The Magazine's 2009 Body Issue
  • Underwent corrective spinal surgery in August of 2011
  • Finished fourth in the 100m hurdles at the 2012 Olympics in London
  • Recruited by Todd Hayes in October 2012 to try out for a spot on the women's bobsledding team; selected as a brakewoman for the U
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  • Olympic bobsled team at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, but did not medal
  • Won gold in the 100m at the 2015 NACAC Senior Championships before having hip surgery in October 2015
  • One of a select few Americans to have competed in both a Summer and Winter Olympics


  • James Jones -- Father
  • Lori Counter-Jones -- Mother
  • Angelia Jefferson -- Sister