Olympian Lolo Jones, 29, is staying a virgin until marriage

By Us Weekly

Lolo Jones' journey to the Olympics hasn't been easy but it's been easier than finding a husband!

The 29-year-old Olympic track and field star revealed on Twitter she's a virgin and further explained why in Tuesday night's interview with HBO's Real Sports .

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"It's just something, a gift that I want to give to my husband," she said. "But please understand this journey has been hard. If there's virgins out there, I just want to let them know, it's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. Harder than training for the Olympics, harder than graduating from college, has been to stay a virgin before marriage."

But she's had plenty of offers!

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She'd rather wait: US track athlete Lolo Jones says she'll stay a virgin until she's married.

"I've been tempted. I've had guys tell me, they're like, 'Hey you know if you have sex it will help you run faster,' " Jones joked. Her response? "If you marry me, then yeah."

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And the athlete, who is competing for gold at the London Games this summer, decided to make her virginity public because she's tired of people asking why she's single.

"I hate talking about it but hate people saying they can't understand why I've been single so long. Explains the whole pic," she tweeted Tuesday.

Still, Jones jokes about her virginal status. One Twitter follower wrote her, "Saw a headline that said LoLo Jones 30 year old virgin. What?" She tweeted back, "I'm 29. I have a few more months before I'm the movie sequel."

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Check out 5 other things you don't know about the virgin runner.

1. She left her family to become a runner. Jones grew up with a single mother in a family of six with her father in and out of jail. "When we couldn't pay the rent, we had to move," she told the Associated Press. But she refused to move while attending Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa and instead lived with friends and their family that would take her in.

2. She tripped in the 2009 Beijing Olympics. The runner was favorite to win the 100-meter hurdles, but ended up finishing seventh after she tripped during the race.

3. She cried reading The Hunger Games. "Darn Hunger Games book had me choking up on the airplane," she tweeted. "Rue, district 11 and their crescent shaped bread."

4. She uses Twitter to find dates! Jones told HBO's Real Sports that she's tried every online dating site, but Twitter works best. "I'm waiting for the day where somebody totally tricks me with their Twitter picture. Like they're using an Abercrombie model and I show up on the date with somebody from The Biggest Loser."

5. She's posed semi-nude! The athlete disrobed for ESPN's 2009 Body Issue. "I asked the pastor at my church if he'd still let me come to church on Sunday," she joked of appearing semi-nude in the magazine.

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WHO THE DEVIL CARES!!! I don't understand why people (gay or straight) seem to feel the need to advertise their sexual activity, or in this case, lack of sexual activity. HEY dum-dums, your sex life is private and nobody's business. The only reason this is news is because these gay people have made it a big deal to advertise and announce who they are having sex with by advertising the fact that they are gay. SO WHAT!! Why does the world have to know who you are having sex with, if you are having sex and when you plan to have sex? What happened to privacy and intimacy? If this girl wants to keep her legs closed until marriage then good for her. I think its a personal choice and these days, a safe choice, but to make it news is absolutely ridiculous! It's bad enough that we have gay people spread out all over the news, tv and everywhere announcing that fact that they are having immoral and unnatural sex. So now, straight people are going to jump on that bandwagon too? That is too much information about the sex lives of STUPID PEOPLE. Keep it to yourself - nobody caress!! That is between you, your partner and God...oh and also, your doctor. With all of this announcing going on, people seemed to have forgotten that AIDS is a killer and is still killing people who think its so hip and fun to have sex with anything. What next? Having sex with a lamp post? Give me a break people and shut up about your sex lives. PLEEEESSE!!!

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Reply#30 - Thu May 24, 2012 9:00 AM EDT

blah, blah... gay... blah, blah... gay. A little over-obsessed with gays?

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#30.1 - Thu May 24, 2012 9:42 AM EDT

Why isn't this story on the front page of the New York Times? Oh, I know. Because nobody with a life gives a crap

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Reply#31 - Thu May 24, 2012 9:04 AM EDT

... and yet you come here, read the story and take the time to comment.... hahaha!

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#31.1 - Thu May 24, 2012 9:40 AM EDT

I think its great that she is a virgin so kudos to her. HOWEVER, I am hoping that she's not just saying she's a virginal in the one sense, but also has abstained from ALL forms of sex because vaginal intercourse is NOT the only way to have sex. Its the same thing with the football guy...find it hard to believe he's never been serviced, which as President Clinton finally gave in to say, he DID have sexual relations with "that" woman. I think people need to remember than any form of sex is sex; young people are confused as to what "is" and isn't and will continue spreading STD's (such as HPV) because they are improperly informed by their idols who they'll listen to more than mom and dad. Sad, but true.

But again, good for her if she is. I see nothing wrong with a young woman having virtue today.

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Reply#32 - Thu May 24, 2012 9:18 AM EDT

" I am hoping that she's not just saying she's a virginal in the one sense, but also has abstained from ALL forms of sex because vaginal intercourse is NOT the only way to have sex."

WTF?!!?! Well, to remain a virgin she would just have to mean not having a penis in the birth canal!! Everything else is sodomy and with the right techniques it can blow your mind. Stop brining young people into this, she is 29!!! Young people need to understand sex is not wrong. You idiots would scare them into thinking STD happen every time you bump uglies. Lay off them and let them grow up and learn things for themselves. There is no reset button in life, so live it to fullest...except April and the celebates.

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#32.1 - Thu May 24, 2012 9:55 AM EDT

Very disappointed in Mary Curilo(SP?) the interviewer for laughing when she spoke with this young lady on such an important issue. What better way to show your confidence and respect for yourself than to save yourself for marriage. More young ladies should feel this way.

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Reply#33 - Thu May 24, 2012 9:20 AM EDT

Uh, who cares? April, if your spiritual beliefs are supposed to govern your sex life, then be a nun!!! Otherwise your body was designed to accept the pounding it gets for the purpose of gratification. Lighten up or lose weight!!! No means no, so fellas it is not worth the time in house for something you can get from plenty of other willing participants...except April and the celebates.

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Reply#34 - Thu May 24, 2012 9:46 AM EDT

It’s amazing how many negative comments there are about Lolo
Jones, what a SAD reflection of today’s values: It is GREAT to see a gorgeous,
talented, intelligent woman being successful not like these ignorant, talentLESS,
reality hoochies who have NOTHING to offer except their pathetic sex lives. For those uneducated, women making $ off sex,
last I checked, that was called prostitution.
People are focusing on her age. Time flies when you “have a life”
studies, training, travel. I’m sure she’s dated, been in love but if she hasn’t
jumped into a committed sexual relationship it’s probably because she wants to
give it 100% like everything else she accomplishes. Anyone posting who has gone
to Law School, Med School, etc. knows that studies, discipline come first and
sometimes you have to put other things on hold. People posting nasty negative
things: look at yourselves, maybe you’ve had a lot of sex (probably w hideous
partners) and what else? Doesn’t take a whole lot to get laid….

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Reply#35 - Thu May 24, 2012 10:00 AM EDT

"For those uneducated, women making $ off sex, last I checked, that was called prostitution."

Easy STL...porn actresses and some married women would take much offense to your generalization.

"Anyone posting who has gone to Law School, Med School, etc. knows that studies, discipline come first and sometimes you have to put other things on hold."

So the rest of us who received diplomas for other professions are not disciplined and cant hold out on things. You are pathetic and your 'have a life' promo is hogwash, since you have squandered the better years of yours worrying about how to pay your college loans without getting on the copper pole.

"People posting nasty negative things: look at yourselves, maybe you’ve had a lot of sex (probably w hideous partners)"

And what is wrong with hideous partners getting freaky and living their lives the way they want. You must be one of the hideous partners who hang out with April and celebates.


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#35.1 - Thu May 24, 2012 10:10 AM EDT

While I applaud her resolve in doing what she thinks is right, why is this even a topic of discussion? Her sex life (or lack thereof) is her business. I don't need to know about that just like I don't want to know if another Olympian has wild sex every night. Why is this important? Now that's all anyone will think of if she wins - I'm sure that's not why she dedicated her life to the sport. This was a mistake on her part.

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Reply#36 - Thu May 24, 2012 10:04 AM EDT

Ugh nobody wants to know that you're a virgin or that you're staying one until your married, keep it to yourself lady...Literally o.O Does she want a prize or something?

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Reply#37 - Thu May 24, 2012 10:06 AM EDT

May God richly bless you! Please stay the virgin you are until you marry as you will be glorifying your God and your husband at the same time. You are doing what is right according to God's Holy Word. I'm sure He will have special blessings for you for being obedient to Him. Don't let any negativity sway you to do otherwise. Congratulations for the Godly choice you have made. God bless you always!

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Reply#38 - Thu May 24, 2012 10:16 AM EDT

This is none of our business, and shame on the media for trying to make it so.

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Reply#39 - Thu May 24, 2012 10:16 AM EDT

This is none of our business, and shame on the media for trying to make it so.

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Reply#40 - Thu May 24, 2012 10:17 AM EDT

You have put the nail in the coffin of this topic.

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#40.1 - Thu May 24, 2012 10:20 AM EDT

Can anyone say Telo? She should hook up with Tebow!

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Reply#41 - Thu May 24, 2012 10:18 AM EDT

Can anyone say Telo? She should hook up with Tebow!

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Reply#42 - Thu May 24, 2012 10:30 AM EDT

I also took offense with the way this story was handled by the Today Show. Referring to keeping oneself chaste until marriage as a "fairy tale" was very inappropriate. There are millions in this country that believe in the sanctity of marriage. Shame on you, Today Show.

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Reply#43 - Thu May 24, 2012 10:31 AM EDT

I think this story was handled very poorly by the Today Show. There are millions of us that still believe in the sanctity of marriage, and I salute Lolo for staying chaste. I found it very offensive that the Today Show referred to this as a "Fairy Tale" lifestyle.

A big "Boo!" for your handling of this one.

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Reply#44 - Thu May 24, 2012 10:39 AM EDT

does she go down?

    Reply#45 - Thu May 24, 2012 10:49 AM EDT

    This is not news. No one gives a flying leap!!

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    Reply#46 - Thu May 24, 2012 10:51 AM EDT

    Funny, the first thing that popped into my head was the story of Atalanta the huntress. She was a virgin and her father, the king, (always a king) insisted she marry. She would only agree to marry a man who could beat her in a foot race. A favorite of Aphrodite (his name is disputed) received three golden apples from the goddess of love, and used them to distract Atalanta during the race, thus slowing her down long enough to pass her and win her hand. The rest isn't important as these stories rarely have a happy ending, you know, jealous gods and such. But, the point is, maybe he (whoever he is) can distract Lolo long enough with something really shiny!

      Reply#47 - Thu May 24, 2012 10:52 AM EDT

      she's hot , ~~~~~~~~~~~~~>Lolo

        Reply#48 - Thu May 24, 2012 11:02 AM EDT

        it doesn't count if she has been giving BJs

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        Reply#49 - Thu May 24, 2012 11:03 AM EDT

        Good for her!! Not easy in today's society to be a strong christian woman who stands by her convictions! And why would anyone insult her. . .this is HER conviction. Never once did she even imply that anyone with different convictions is wrong! I am so proud of her for NOT denying her faith and her beliefs!

        And one more thing. . . I wish I knew that Lolo would be reading this. . . I would love for her and Tim Tebow to meet!!!! They share the same faith and moral convictions. Possibly "a match made in Heaven"!

        Also - DAVE - Just because someone stands up for what they believe instead of lays down because everyone else is doing it does not reflect "sexual immaturity" in any way! There is nothing more difining of one's character than not giving in to society's way of thinking! She does not condemn others for their beliefs. . including you. So I tend to think that those of you who condemn her might possibly be feeling a little intimidated by the fact that she is truly a good girl. You might think about that.

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        Reply#50 - Thu May 24, 2012 11:07 AM EDT

        Tim Tebow...LMFAO!!! You obviously have not a clue one about the moral convictions of this individual. Let alone the moral convictions of the olympian here. Im sorry is there a less than tough life being a strong woman of another religious belief. Stick to knitting and STFU!!

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        #50.1 - Thu May 24, 2012 11:24 AM EDT

        Why don't you lay off the STFU-- really, are you 12??

          #50.2 - Thu May 24, 2012 4:55 PM EDT

          Inches? Yes!!!

            #50.3 - Fri May 25, 2012 9:11 AM EDT

            I've heard about all of "BFDReally" that I can stand.....BFD---burn in hell, you sorry excuse for an animal.....I'm outta here....

              #50.4 - Wed Aug 8, 2012 2:44 PM EDT

              "I absolutely respect her decision to exercise sovereignty over her own body. However, I really wish she'd keep her private conduct - or lack of it - to herself. Lolo's virginity is of no interest whatsoever to me or anybody else, except perhaps anyone she dates and/or those whose ideological constipation would make them more than happy to exploit her disclosures about what should have remained her private concerns." I couldn't have stated this better Old Gator, well put !!!

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              Reply#51 - Thu May 24, 2012 11:53 AM EDT

              ......and WHY is this ANYONE'S business, or so major that this private information has to make a media frenzy....and quite frankly, she herself doesn't think she has given too much information?

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              Reply#52 - Thu May 24, 2012 11:55 AM EDT

              Why is this news - why is it anyone's business but hers -- it is personal information not public!!

                Reply#53 - Thu May 24, 2012 12:00 PM EDT

                Again, BFDReally. . . .you might want to check your own heart. . You sound very intimidated! You seem to be under the mistaken impression that your opinion is the only one that counts. . . hmmm. . . maybe you should take up "knitting". You might find that a good release for all of that built up bitterness and resentment you seem to be clinging to.

                I never even implied it wasn't "difficult being a strong woman of any other religious belief". . . .I am certain it is. It seems people love to put others down no matter what they believe or don't believe in. And for some reason you find it neccessary to express your beliefs in a hateful and sarcastic way. I am sorry for you. My convictions are my own as with everyone else on this planet. I refuse to insult you or anyone else for that. I am sorry you do not find enough security in your own personal convictions that you can remain kind and keep your sarcasm and hateful opinions to yourself.

                  Reply#54 - Thu May 24, 2012 12:11 PM EDT

                  Listen honey, I am very NOT intimidated and my heart beats to a different cause in life than you bleeding pity on some chick who keeps her legs closed. You dont know anything about my bitterness and resentment for soccer mom minivan driving closet whores like you. God will forgive you....I dont have to. Thanks for feeling sorry for me, I promise to light a candle at my next confession. As for sarcasm and hate...I spit in your general direction. Who are you to play internet match maker with people you dont even know. STFUYSMF!!!

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                  #54.1 - Thu May 24, 2012 1:33 PM EDT
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