Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 09:36 Posted by Clash Wednesday, 27 June 2012 12:08
Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones created a buzz when she told the world on an HBO talk show that at 29 she's a Christian, a virgin and delaying sex until marriage.
Her revelation on "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" quickly made the news and surfaced on social media outlets, with some noting similarities to New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow.
With three NCAA titles and 11 All-American wins, Jones hopes to qualify for this year's Olympics after a disappointing 7th place finish in the Women's 100M Hurdles at the 2008 games in Beijing. But her hardest challenge is remaining a virgin and enjoying a healthy dating life.
"This journey has been hard," she said on NBC's "Today" show. "Harder than training for the Olympics, harder than graduating from college, has been to stay a virgin before marriage.
"It's just something, a gift I want to give to my husband," she said.
The trouble is, she's having trouble finding a steady date, even after taking her quest to social dating sites and Twitter.
"I've had guys tell me, 'Hey, you know, if you have sex it will help you run faster,'" she said. But she didn't fall for the line. "I'd like to be married. If you marry me, then yeah."
Jones grew up in poverty, often homeless, and said she wants to enjoy the commitment that escaped her parents who never married.
Contra Costa Times writer Tony Hicks suggested in a recent column: "Tim Tebow, please pick up the white courtesy phone. Mr. Tim Tebow ... Seriously -- Tim Tebow, pick up the phone. If you don't, you're a complete idiot. Call this girl; she's perfect for you. I won't even charge you a finder's fee."