Olympian Lolo Jones: Being a Virgin Hinders Finding a Boyfriend

Lolo Jones: Staying a Virgin Is Harder Than Training for Olympics
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updated 05/22/2012 at 12:00 PM EDT

originally published 05/22/2012 01:45PM

She's got looks, strength, and a ticket to London to run in the Olympics. So what is track & field star Lori "Lolo" Jones missing? A steady boyfriend.

She's been looking online – with every online dating service out there, reports HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel – and has had the most luck on Twitter, she says. Although not that much luck.

Holding back the 29-year-old in her quest, possibly, is the fact that she recently Tweeted that she is a virgin. "It's something, a gift I want to give my husband," she says on an episode of the pay-cable program to air May 22.

"This journey has been hard," she continues. "It's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. Harder than training for the Olympics. Harder than studying for college has been staying a virgin before marriage."



She admits, "I've been tempted. I've had guys tell me … 'Hey, you know, if you have sex, it'll help you run faster.' "

Only Jones didn't buy that suggestion, despite how much she wants the gold medal. "If you marry me," she quips on the show, "then yeah."

Tim Tebow, meet Lolo; Lolo, Tebow.

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