Tuesday, August 16, 2011

"I HAD HIT THAT FORK IN THE ROAD"




Lolo Jones
From forum.slowtwitch.com


Lolo's (born August 5, 1982) birth name is Lori, which is actually the same name of her mother. According to Lolo, it was altered to differentiate her from her mother after telephone calls for simply "Lori" would confuse the two. According to her mother, Lolo was always called that since birth.
A 2005 graduate of Louisiana State University, she currently resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is sponsored by Asics and Oakley. She is Multiracial of French, Native American, African American, and Norwegian descent.
Lori "Lolo" Jones is an American track and field athlete who specialises in the 60 and 100 meter hurdles. She won three NCAA titles and garnered 11 All-American honors while at LSU. She won indoor national titles in 2007, 2008 and 2009 in the 60 m hurdles, with gold medals at the World Indoor Championship in 2008 and 2010.
She was favored to win the 100 m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but she tripped on the penultimate hurdle, finishing in seventh place. She went on to win silver at the 2008 World Athletics Final. Jones is the American record holder in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.72.
(WIKIPEDIA)


Lolo Jones
Added by by el_raulo at listal.com


Lolo Jones celebrates her win in the 100m hurdles
Day 8 of the Olympic Trials, July 5, 2008
Hayward Field, Eugene, Ore.
From oregonianphoto.com


Four years of blood, sweat and tears had come down to this moment -- the final heat of the women's 100-meter hurdles at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. Ten hurdles and 12 seconds stood between her and a lifelong dream. Her eyes hidden behind a pair of wraparound sunglasses, Jones, a former LSU standout, tried her best to harness her excitement. Jones burst down the lane with the grace and speed of a cheetah. When she reached the finish line, no one else was within five feet of her. Not only had Jones qualified for her first Olympic team, she had decimated a field of the best women hurdlers in the nation. Euphoric, she ripped the sunglasses from her head, pumped her fist wildly in the air and raised her hands in triumph. Tears welled in her eyes.
"When I crossed that line and I wasn't just the fastest in America but the fastest in the world, it just showed that I made the right decision, and I'm so glad I didn't quit, " she said.
The official time on the scoreboard that day read 12.29 seconds -- the fastest time under all conditions in the world this year. In reality, it took Jones years to get there.
Jones' victory capped an arduous personal struggle for redemption. That it happened in the cradle of American track and field only validated the experience even more for the 25-year-old Baton Rouge resident.
At the 2004 Trials in Sacramento, Calif., while running shoulder to shoulder with Joanna Hayes near the end of her semifinal heat, Jones clipped a hurdle and crashed to the track. Just like that, her Olympic dreams disappeared.
(Kevin Spain, The Times-Picayune at blog.nola.com)


LoLo Jones was tripped up by the ninth barrier
2008 Beijing Olympics
From atletisima.webcindario.com


Pounding the ground close to tears
2008 Beijing Olympics
From atletisima.webcindario.com


Trying to comprehend what had happened
A disappointing 7th-place finish
2008 Beijing Olympics
From bop.nppa.org


Lolo Jones in agony
She had been pulling away from the field
2008 Beijing Olympics
Photographed by: Bill Frakes/SI


At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Lolo was favored to win the 100 meter hurdles. In the final, she was pulling away from the pack when she clipped the 9th hurdle (of 10) and stumbled, breaking stride to drop her back to a disappointing 7th-place finish. Teammate Dawn Harper surged through to win gold.
Lolo Jones was seen pounding the ground close to tears, trying to comprehend what had happened. "You hit a hurdle about twice a year where it affects your race. It's just a shame that it happened on the biggest race of my life." Jones was later seen crying to herself in a hallway, mouthing,"why, why, why?" The mistake has been compared numerous times to Gail Devers' famous fall in the same event at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Her good friend is Canadian hurdler Priscilla Lopes-Schliep. Jones congratulated Lopes-Schliep for winning the 100 m hurdles final's bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In a CBC Sports XXIX Summer Olympics interview with broadcaster Ron MacLean on August 19, 2008, Lopes-Schliep commented on Jones: "We're good friends. I mean, she came up to me afterwards and said, 'I'm so happy for you guys' (Canada's first track medal since 1996)', like, 'You've been through so much', and she's like, 'right now everything should all come together for you', so she gave me a big hug, you know, I gave her a hug, and a very good sport."
Lolo began the 2009 indoor season in Europe, scoring victories in the 60 m hurdles with world-leading times of 7.82 seconds in Karlsruhe and Birmingham, England. She returned to the States and won the national indoor title in the 60 m hurdles. A hamstring injury at her hometown meet, the Drake Relays, caused her to miss a month's worth of training but she returned in time for the outdoor national championships. She did not repeat her indoor success, however, as she clashed arms with Michelle Perry in the semi-finals and fell, missing out on the opportunity to compete at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. Vowing to salvage her season, she returned to Europe to compete on the major World Athletics Tour meets, but she only managed seventh and eighth in Oslo and Lausanne. She returned to form in Rethymno, Greece, beating Priscilla Lopes-Schliep and Damu Cherry with a world-leading time of 12.47 seconds.
She faced strong competition on the European circuit: Jones took third at the London Grand Prix behind Sally McLellan and Perdita Felicien, and a run of 12.61 seconds was only enough for third again at Herculis. She ran her second fastest time of the season (12.51) at the DN Galan meeting, but she was just beaten to the line by Lopes-Schliep. Her hamstring injury recurred at Weltklasse Z├╝rich, ruling her out for the rest of the season. Having missed the major championships and suffered injuries, the 2009 season was largely disappointing for Jones, although she took some solace from having run the second fastest time that season.
(WIKIPEDIA)
As Lolo Jones made her way off the track, her shoulders slumped, her sunglasses perched atop her bowed head, and her downward gaze could have burned a hole in the ground. It's unfortunately become an all too familiar sight. For the second time in three years, Jones was unable to make it out of the semifinal round of the 100m hurdles at the USA Outdoor Championships. After two call-ups and a false start, Jones was unable to get out of the blocks quickly, essentially dooming her chances at the gun.
She finished the race in 12.81 seconds, third best in the heat. The top two finishers in each of the three semifinals advanced automatically as did the next two fastest times. Jones had the third-fastest time remaining, ending her pursuit of a spot on the U.S. team for the World Championships in Daegu. The event was eventually won by Kellie Wells, who ran a world-leading 12.50 in the final.
"It's just obvious disappointment," Jones said in describing her emotions. "I'm speechless. This whole year has been just crazy. I've been battling injuries, getting into races and getting last or fourth. It's just like, ‘Gosh, when can I catch a break.'"
If we all supposedly reap the seeds we sowed in a previous life, than the prior incarnation of Jones must have been a serial killer judging by what she has endured.
(Joe Battaglia, Universal Sports at universalsports.com)


USA National Track and Field Championships
Author BILL NEIBERGALL/THE REGISTER


USA National Track and Field Championships
Author BILL NEIBERGALL/REGISTER FILE PHOTO


USA National Track and Field Championships
Drake Stadium, June 26, 2010
Author ANDREA MELENDEZ/REGISTER FILE PHOTO
All images from at desmoinesregister.com


Jones made history at the 2010 World Indoor Championships, becoming the first woman ever to claim back-to-back title in the 60m hurdles and setting an American record in the process. Jones burst out of the blocks at the gun and never looked back, storming down the tracks and over the hurdles to cross the finish line in a Championship record 7.72. Jones was so ecstatic upon crossing the finish line that she almost cleared one last hurdle, the sprint crash pad. It was Gail Devers' record of 7.74 from 2003 that Jones broke...Jones became the first back-to-back Visa champion with her win in the 60m hurdles at the 2009 USA Indoor Championships.
(usatf.org)

Time Line:
2011: 3rd at Doha (12.67)
2010: World Indoor champion (7.72AR)...USA Outdoor champion (12.69)…USA Indoor runner-up (7.89)…1st at adidas Grand Prix (12.55)…1st at Oslo (12.66)…1st at Doha (12.63)… 4th at Ostrava (12.85)… 1st at Gateshead (12.79)…1st at Monaco (12.63)…3rd at Stockholm (12.70)…ranked #3 in the world, #1 U.S. by T&FN…best of 12.55.
2009: USA Indoor champion (7.84)…DNF in semifinal at USA Outdoors…1st at Rethymno (12.47)…3rd at Monaco (12.61)…1st at Karlsruhe (7.82i)…1st at Birmingham (7.82i)…ranked #10 in the world (#5 U.S.) by T&FN…best of 12.47.
2008: 7th at Olympics (12.72), 1st in semifinal (12.43PR, WL)...Olympic Trials champion (12.29w), 1st in semifinal (12.45PR)...2nd at Bislett Games Oslo (12.66)…3rd at DKB-ISTAF Berlin (12.57)…2nd at Doha (12.65)…World Indoor champ (7.80)…USA Indoor champ (7.88)... Visa Indoor champion…ran PR 7.77 in Spain...ranked #1 in the world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN...best of 12.43.
2007: 3rd at USA Outdoors (12.79)… 6th at World Outdoors (12.62)...USA Indoor champion (7.88)…2nd at Reebok Grand Prix (12.75)…3rd at adidas Track Classic (12.61)…2nd at Doha (12.78)…3rd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (12.80)…3rd at Paris (12.71)…4th at Rome (12.84)…2nd at Sheffield (12.89)…1st at Rethimno (12.57)…2nd at Monaco (12.78)…1st at Heusden (12.74)…3rd at Stockholm (12.81)…ranked #6 in the world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN…best of 12.57.
2006: 5th at USA Outdoors (12.76)… 1st at Heusden (12.56)...6th at World Athletics Final (12.76)…8th at Meeting Gaz de France Paris Saint-Denis (12.87)…4th at Golden Gala (12.70)…4th in 100m (11.36) and 3rd in 100mh at Athens Super Grand Prix (12.83)…5th at Athletissima (12.68)…3rd at DN Galan (12.74)...1st at Ostrava (12.72)…ranked #7 in the world (#4 U.S.) by T&FN…best of 12.56.
2005: 4th at USA Outdoors (12.90)...5th in semifinals at USA Outdoors (12.76PR)...1st at Torino Memorial (12.83)...4th at Zagreb (12.87)...4th at adidas Track Classic (12.86)...3rd at Norwich Union (8.00i)...5th at Athens (8.06i)...ranked #5 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 12.76.
2004: NCAA 4x100m champion...4th in 100mH at NCAA Outdoors (12.77)...NCAA Mideast Region Champion (12.83)...SEC champion (12.83)...Penn Relays champion (13.04)...NCAA Indoor 60mH and 60m runner-up (8.00, 7.38)...SEC Indoor 60mH champion (8.08)...1st at LSU Twilight in 60mH (8.10)...ranked #10 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 12.77.
2003: NCAA 4x100m champion...5th at NCAA Outdoors in 100mH (13.04)...NCAA Indoor 60mH champion (8.00)...SEC 100mH champion (13.05)...SEC 4x100m champion1st at Texas Relays (12.90)...6th at NCAA Indoor championships in 60m (7.30)...SEC Indoor 55mH champion (7.57)...5th at SEC championships in 60m (7.37)...best of 12.90.
2002: NCAA Outdoor 100mH and 4 100m runner-up (13.02)...SEC 100mH (13.01) and 4x100m champion...4th in 60mH at NCAA Indoors (8.05)...SEC indoor 60mH champion (8.21)...ranked #8 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 12.84.
2001: 5th in semifinals at NCAA Outdoors...2nd at SEC Outdoors...1st at Longhorn Invitational (13.17)...7th in 60mH at NCAA Indoors...3rd at SEC Indoors (8.25)...best of 13.17.

Career Highlights:
Two-time World Indoor champion ('08, '10)
2008 Olympic Trials champion
Three-time USA Indoor champion ('07, '08, '09)
Two-time Indoor Visa champion ('08, '09)
2004 NCAA Indoor 60mH and 60m runner-up
2003, 2004 NCAA 4x100m champion
2003 NCAA Indoor 60mH champion
2002 NCAA Outdoor 100mH and 4x100m runner-up
2008 Visa Humanitarian
(usatf.org)

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