'Maybe I should zip it': Lolo Jones admits she should stop discussing her virginity in public as she finishes fourth in Olympic race
20:40 GMT, 7 August 2012
Olympic athlete Lolo Jones has admitted that she is thinking twice about discussing her virginity so openly.
The 30-year-old from Louisiana told Today show host Savannah Guthrie that she should perhaps 'zip it' when it comes to discussing her religious beliefs.
The exotic beauty, who finished fourth in today's 100-metre women's hurdle final, said on this morning's show that she was surprised her confession attracted so much attention. She said: 'This is my path and I was just sharing my life'.
Regrets: Olympic hurdling star Lolo Jones featured on the Today show this morning, above. She told host Savannah Guthrie that maybe she should 'zip it' when it comes to discussing her virginity
Contender: She competed in today's hurdles final after running 12.68 seconds in her heat, above
The Iowa-born star, who took part in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, has been linked to Tim Tebow in the past, but mainly due to their shared Christian beliefs.
She was quick to quash the
rumours, responding on Twitter: 'I actually heard Tebow
has a girlfriend he just isn't saying it publicly. The search
It was on Twitter earlier this year where she first announced to her almost 55,000 fans that she was a virgin.
She said this morning: 'I do not have a hard time finding dates
but I do have a hard time finding a guy that I want to date that has
good morals, that's willing to wait.'
Glamour girl: Miss Jones, pictured left in New York in June, 2011 and right in Los Angeles in August, 2011, said in May that remaining a virgin is 'harder than training for the Olympics'. She has been linked to Tim Tebow
She said on HBO's Real Sports in May that staying a virgin is 'harder than training for the Olympics'.
She added that being a virgin is 'the hardest thing I've ever done in my life… harder than graduating from college'.
'When I was 22, 24, it was cute,' she said. 'But 24 to 29, it's not cute. You get judged a lot, a lot of guys won't return your calls after they find out.'
The devout Christian told Women's Health magazine in 2010 that she listens to 'a lot of Christian music' to help calm her during training seasons.
Miss Jones, who is actually named Lori, also revealed that she has tried using various online dating sites, as well as Twitter, in an attempt to seek out a boyfriend.
Confessions: She spoke in detail about her personal life – and virginity – on Real Sports, which aired in May
Conquer: The star is seen above at the end of today's heat, learning that she has qualified for today's 100m final
She also said on the program that she has grown accustomed to being rejected by men as a result of her beliefs.
said: 'Here's the two things that happen when you tell a guy you're a
virgin, this is the honest truth. One, you tell them [and they say] “oh
ok, I respect that”. But you can already see in their eyes [that they're
thinking] “she's lying about this and I'll crack it”.
'So we'll talk usually one to three months [later], then they're like “oh shoot, she was serious”. Time for me to exit.'
The athlete also jokes about how she would like to be the next 'candidate' for a sequel to the film The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
'I'm a little bit awkward like Steve Carell,' she said. 'I could definitely play that role… I would love to.'
The cover model athlete was left heartbroken after her performance at the 2008 Olympics.
had been leading the final of the women's 100-metre hurdle competition
before clipping the second-to-last hurdle on the home stretch.
She finished seventh in the race.
Cover girl: She appeared on the cover of Spikes magazine in 2010 (left) and Outside magazine (right) as well
On the flip side, she told Allure magazine just last month that Beijing had helped her finally feel pride for her body.
She admitted that 'growing up, I felt insecure about my build. I didn't feel very feminine'.
Miss Jones admitted to Real Sports that she has been tempted to have sex in the past.
'I've had plenty of opportunities… please understand this journey has been hard,' she said. 'I just don't believe in it… it's a gift I want to give to my husband.'
Miss Jones, who has trained 'four to six hours a day, six days a week' for the past 12 years, was raised amid less than perfect conditions.
She and her family were forced to live in the basement of a Salvation Army at one stage of her life, due to financial hardships.
She revealed that her family once used food stamps to purchase staple items such as cheese and beans in supermarkets.
She is not the only female Olympic star to have spoken of her religious beliefs so openly.
Jennifer Nichols, a 28-year-old archer from Wyoming opened up just last month about her
decision to remain celibate before marriage.
She told Us Weekly magazine: ''I saved my first kiss for the man I knew I was going to marry – my
fiance. I made that commitment when I was
about 13 years old.'