Sometimes if I got all my information about Christians from famous people, I might become a little depressed. But then along comes Lolo Jones, a definite as far as role models for young people go:
[quoted from http://yesheis.com/blog/lolo-jones-the-biggest-hurdle/%5D
You might remember back to 2008 at the Beijing Olympics where a certain young woman from the United States was favored to take home gold in the 100m hurdles; Lolo Jones. In case you didn’t see the race, she was out in front of the other runners with only one large obstacle to overcome before claiming a prize she had devoted much of her life to. In what was the opposite of a fairytale ending, she clipped the final hurdle and hence crushed her dream of winning gold in the same moment. Devastating to watch.
Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa, Lolo didn’t exactly have the ideal childhood. Her dad was in and out of jail while her mother worked a string of low paying jobs to ensure the five children could survive. After her family wound up homeless, they found themselves in the basement of a Salvation Army church where she devoted hersel
f to running the track, and eventually, walking with God.
Jones has gathered much media attention over the past year after admitting to being a 29 year old virgin on a HBO interview. In accordance with her faith, she has committed to reserving that part of herself for her future husband, whoever he may be, and has even stated that keeping pure has been the hardest thing she has ever done, even harder than her Olympic level training schedule.
[quoted from Wikipedia]
At the London Olympics, on August 6, 2012, Jones won her heat in the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 12.68 s. On August 7, 2012 she placed third in the semifinals of the 100 meter hurdles, gaining progression to the finals. In the finals later that day Jones ended fourth with a time of 12.58 s