The model Olympic hurdling star who can't find a boyfriend - because she's a virgin


By Kristie Lau

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.

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
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