This past Tuesday ESPN aired a documentary on Lolo Jones, American hurdler extraordinaire. In the interview she mentioned she is a virgin which led to the internet and air waves echoing with snickers...
Jones was the favorite to win the women’s 100-meter hurdles at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, but she hit the 9th hurdle and ended up 7th. She handled this disappointment with grace. If she qualifies for the U.S. Olympic team next month she’ll get another chance at Olympic gold, but this time she won’t be the favorite. That place belongs to Sally Pearson of Australia. However, as Jones knows all too well, upsets happen so we can root for her.
Miss Jones told ESPN that remaining a virgin has been the hardest thing she’s ever done--harder than training as an elite-level hurdler. Good for her. It is hard work and it’s a fight that many kids from Christian homes have given up.
Good examples like Jones need to be held up as models for today’s young athletes. Everyone knows there are plenty of bad ones. Yes, I’m aware of some of the photo-shoots in which Lolo has participated, but I still want to commend her warmly.