The model Olympic hurdling star who can't find a boyfriend – because she's a virgin
21:17 GMT, 22 May 2012
Olympic athlete Lolo Jones has told of how being a virgin is 'harder than training for the Olympics'.
The 29-year-old from Louisiana said during a new episode of HBO's Real Sports, which airs in the U.S. tonight, that she does not believe in pre-marital sex.
The stunning hurdling competitor, who took part in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, added that being a virgin makes it extremely hard for her to find a boyfriend.
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Glamour girl: Olympic athlete Lolo Jones, pictured left in New York in June of 2011 and right in Los Angeles in August of 2011, has spoken about how hard it is to find a boyfriend due to the fact she is a virgin
The Iowa-born beauty, who will attempt to qualify in June for this year's London Olympics, 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.'
A devout Christian, she 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 to the program that she has tried using various online dating sites as well as Twitter in an attempt to seek out a boyfriend.
Super star: The athlete, pictured above at the 2010 USA Outdoor Track And Field Championships in Iowa, will attempt to qualify in June for this year's London Olympics. The hurdler competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics
It was on Twitter earlier this year where she first announced to her almost 55,000 fans that she was a virgin.
She also said on the program that she has grown accustomed to being rejected by men as a result of her beliefs.
She 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”.
Confessions: She spoke in detail about her personal life on HBO's Real Sports, which airs tonight
'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 charming athlete proved how thick her skin has grown to be by joking 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.'
Cover girl: She appeared on the cover of Spikes magazine in 2010 (left) and Outside magazine (right) as well
Natural: Miss Jones, pictured in an ESPN body issue, said men dump her after they realise she's a virgin
She has proved to be extremely open about her personal life, especially on Twitter.
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She also tweeted on April 23: 'I don't have a hard time finding dates but hard finding the right one to date'
The tweet was in response to a user who claimed it was hard to believe the athlete couldn't find a boyfriend.
Miss Jones admitted to the program 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 said on an ESPN documentary titled Lolo which aired in the U.S. last night: 'I definitely would say, by sixth grade, I was a professional shoplifter.
'I was shoplifting frozen dinners at a grocery store. I could shoplift four frozen dinners, easily.'
She added that her family once used food stamps to purchase staple items such as cheese and beans in supermarkets.
The athlete had experienced an unfortunate incident during the 2008 Olympics.
She had been leading the final of the women's 100-meter hurdle competition before hitting the second-to-last hurdle.
She finished seventh in the race.