Lolo Jones grew up in Des Moines, Iowa where she broke all of Iowa’s state hurdles records, then went onto LSU where she won three NCAA titles and garnered 11 All-American honors. Jones finished second in her first professional meet at Stuttgart and followed that up with an excellent 2006 campaign, which saw her win at Heusden-Zolder in July while running a personal best time of 12.56. She also did well on the European circuit, winning the meet in Ostrava. She finished the 2006 season ranked fourth in the U.S. and seventh in the world by Track & Field News.
Jones big breakthrough came when she won her first national championship in 2007, winning the 60 m hurdles at the USA Indoor Championships with a time of 7.88 seconds. At the 2007 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Jones finished third in the 100 m hurdles, thereby earning a spot on the U.S. Team at the World Championships in Osaka, Japan, where she finished 6th. Jones started the 2008 season with hopes of making the 2008 Summer Olympics. She began the indoor campaign with second place finishes in Glasgow, Gothenburg, and Stuttgart in the 60 m hurdles. She then picked up a win in Düsseldorf, setting a meet-record in the process. In Karlsruhe, Jones ran a personal best time of 7.77 seconds and finished second to Susanna Kallur, who broke the world record with a time of 7.68 seconds. Jones’ time was the second-fastest ever by an American. She was named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week on February 12 for her performance in Karlsruhe. At the 2008 USA Indoor Championships, Jones won her second straight national championship with a time of 7.88 seconds and also won the Visa Championship Series title for the 2008 indoor season. At the World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain, Jones won the 60 m hurdles with a time of 7.80 for her first world championship.
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 7th-place finish. She 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. Her standout event of the season was in Rethymno, Greece, beating Priscilla Lopes-Schliep and Damu Cherry with a world-leading time of 12.47 seconds.
At the start of 2010 Lolo defended her 60m hurdles Indoor World Title in Doha after finishing with a time of 7.72 which was a new American record. She also picked up wins in Oslo, New York, Gateshead, and Monaco, and going into the last Diamond League race of the season, Lolo was tied at the top of the standings along side Canadian Priscilla Lopes-Schliep. Lopes-Schliep won the final race which left Lolo second in the overall Diamond league standings.
Lolo currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA and is sponsored by Asics and Oakley. She’s very involved in the community in Des Moines where she delivered a pair of new Asics running shoes for each member of her alma mater high school’s track team. She also delivered a $3,000 check to buy indoor practice hurdles and for improvements to repair the school’s track surface. In July 2008, Jones donated her $4,000 prize she earned from winning the 100-meter hurdles at the Olympic trials to Renee Trout, a single mother from Cedar Rapids, Iowa who was hit by the Iowa flood of 2008. Asics and Oakley each matched Jones’ $4,000 prize, bringing the total donation to $12,000. Afterwards, Jones flew with Trout to Cedar Rapids aboard a private jet provided by the Iowa Farm Bureau to tour the neighborhoods affected by the flood, including Trout’s.Lolo's website »