Move over, Tim Tebow.
Come this summer, U.S. Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones might become sports’ most famous virgin.
“I just don’t believe in it,” the 29-year-old Jones told HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” “It's just a gift I want to give my husband. But please understand this journey has been hard. There’s 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 plenty of opportunities.”
Jones added: “It was cute when I was 22, 24.... [At] 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.”
In previous media interviews, Jones has shared how her Christian faith infuses all aspects of her life --not just the dating side. She told Women’s Health:
What do you do to cope with stress?
I listen to a lot of Christian music, and reading my Bible calms me down immensely. But when I’m standing in a stadium packed with 80,000 screaming fans, I can’t just whip out my Bible before I run. That’s when I start praying! It’s so loud that I can’t even hear what I’m saying, but it always helps.
So what is Jones looking for in a spouse? She put it this way in a March tweet:
Single, Christian, non smoker, no kids with any baby mamas, have a job RT: @alonzomaldonado: Just curious, what kind of dudes do you like?"— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) March 14, 2012