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Saving sex for marriage is harder than training for the Olympics, says Lolo Jones, a 29-year-old hurdler from Iowa who is competing in London.

She recently talked about the struggle to remain a virgin in an episode of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” saying:

“It’s just a gift I want to give my husband. But please understand this journey has been hard. There are virgins out there and I want to let them know that it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. Harder than training for the Olympics. Harder than graduating from college has been to stay a virgin before marriage. I’ve been tempted. I’ve had guys tell me, ‘Hey, you know, if you have sex it will help you run faster.’” 

Lolo highly doubts that claim, she added, but would rather be a virgin bride than a gold medalist.

In the same interview the devout Christian admitted she’s tried multiple dating sites in her quest to find a husband.

Last month, in an interview with Jay Leno, Lolo joked about asking out another high-profile athlete who is saving sex for marriage: Tim Tebow. She said she’s received a mixed reaction to her profession of virginity, including some supportive remarks and “some backlash.”

“Are you single, are you dating?” Jay asked.

“I’m single right now,” she answered. “I’m not looking. I have to concentrate on the Olympics. Seriously, let me get this medal for Team USA.”

“Well, there are a lot of guys who appreciate that,” Jay said.

Join me in cheering for Lolo – on and off the track.

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22 Comments

  1. Leah-75135 July 31, 2012

    Thank you for your witness and for standing as a strong role model, Lolo!

  2. Kat-881112 July 31, 2012

    God bless you, Lolo!!!

  3. Will-836097 July 31, 2012

    I hope for her sake she is able to find someone who shares her convictions, or, at the very least, respects her beliefs and is willing to live accordingly.

  4. Jim-397948 August 1, 2012

    What a great role model

  5. Augustine J. August 1, 2012

    Impressive !!

  6. Mercy-794463 August 1, 2012

    Beautiful One! Really a Great Role Model!

  7. Thomas A. August 1, 2012

    I feel a lot better about this world knowing that Great beautiful and strong people like Lolo do exist!

  8. Robert-576792 August 2, 2012

    It is a great witness and testimony to the Christian faith… I ran track when I was younger and understand the rigers of trying to compete on a higher level and dating. It is my hope and prayer that she continues to practice her faith in a world where faith isn’t taken seriously anymore.Too bad she isn’t Catholic, oh well…No one is perfect…smile

  9. Marita-847688 August 3, 2012

    Good for her! Go USA!

  10. Joan-684265 August 3, 2012

    Praise the Lord! I admire your tenacity in staying on the-straight-and-narrow path. I trust that Our Lord will help you stay there.

  11. Linda-666928 August 4, 2012

    IF YOU CAN, I AM VIRGIN, AND HOR TNTO WITH INTERNET, YOUNG IF YOU CAN, JUST MISSING YOU PARENTS instill VALUE OF VIRGINITY AND CHASTITY.

    PDRES THE 50 YEARS THAT HAVE THAT HAVE CHILDREN OF TEACHING 17 Anosy SHOULD SUCH SECURITIES.

    ALL MY GUYS DO.

  12. Linda-666928 August 4, 2012

    IF YOU CAN, I AM VIRGIN INTERNET WITH SO MUCH AND NOW, YOUNG IF YOU CAN, JUST MISSING YOU PARENTS instill VALUE OF VIRGINITY AND CASTIDADA, YOUR CHILDREN.

    PARENTS WHO ARE 50 YEARS, THEY HAVE CHILDREN OF TEACHING 17 AÑOSYA SHOULD SUCH SECURITIES.

    ALL MY GUYS DO.

  13. Darrin-306390 August 5, 2012

    God Bless you Lolo, the true gift of sexuality is a beautiful thing meant for marriage, and all of us chaste singles can understand what she is going through

  14. Marita-847688 August 6, 2012

    Does anyone know when she will be on tv this week?

  15. Jim-397948 August 7, 2012

    Maybe we can buy her a ticket to a New York Jets game so she can meet Tim Tebow.

  16. Steven-94269 August 8, 2012

    With all the things going on in the world with young kids selling out their virtue it is good for them to have a solid role Model like Lolo Jones.

  17. Adolf-583030 August 8, 2012

    Sin duda Dios ya te ha bendecido. A por el oro.

  18. Marita-847688 August 12, 2012

    We need to make sure we pray for her that she does not end up compromising her values. Many celebrities who I used to look up to have compromised their values and it makes me so sad when they do.

  19. Matthew-844074 August 12, 2012

    has she been on CM? Hey Lolo I’m available!

  20. Tara-539245 August 12, 2012

    How awesome is she?!

  21. Frank-875818 September 29, 2012

    Hey Lolo.. Great Role model for young women everywhere. God bless you and I hope Tim Tebow and you can find away to meet.. Sounds like a wonderful match..

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