U.S. track and field star Lolo Jones who officially punched her ticket to the London Olympics this summer, wants to make her mom proud of the champion she created. Lolo who is one of six children, was raised by a single mom in Iowa. At one point, the family was evicted from their home and 24 hours later, found themselves living in a church basement.
“I grew up quite poor but, I mean, as a kid you don’t realize you’re living in poverty. My mom was trying to do by any means necessary to make sure that we have what we needed. I definitely do not think I’d be going for this dream had I not seen her pick herself up so many times and keep fighting for us. I think that’s why I keep fighting.”
Jones who missed out on qualifying for the 2004 Athens Games vowed to never experience sitting on the couch watching the Olympics on TV and four years later not only did she make the U.S. team, she was the one of the fastest runners in the world.
“I’ve always used my failures as motivation. It was natural because I’ve seen my mom do it her whole life.”
I was crushed when I couldn’t get the medal,” says Jones. “I wanted to make my mom proud. Winning the medal, I would have been like ‘Hey Mom, this is for you. You created an Olympic champion with all your hard work.'”
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2. Kanye West
Kanye may be "kourting" Kim, but we know she doesn't have what it takes to go the distance. Kanye loves HARD and what's better than a starter boyfriend that's not afraid to love fully? Plus he could show her how to dress. Win, win.
Common's loyal, handsome and intelligent--three great qualities to start off a healthy dating life. As a busy athlete, Lolo could use a boyfriend that needs minimal maintenance. He's also well-trained in dating world-class athletes, *ahem* Serena Williams.
4. Ashton Kutcher
Sexy star Ashston Kutcher may have ended a marriage by way of gallivanting with other young women--including Rihanna--but his smoldering good looks may just be enough to redeem him. Plus, every good girl loves a bad boy!
5. Usain Bolt
Yet another serious athlete. Lolo and Usain's dedication to fitness could be their common ground, allowing them a foundation to build a relationship on. Plus the star athlete is newly single, so Lolo needs to mingle!
6. Blake Griffin
Lolo is that girl next door, she could use an all-around nice guy like Griffin that you usually don't find in basketball. These two together would just be so sweet.
7. Ryan Gosling
Devastatingly handsome Ryan Gosling would help Lolo's climbing star shoot straight to the top.
8. Trey Songz
There's nothing like having the inventor of sex teach a virgin a thing or two. Seriously sexy Songz could also learn from Lolo a little thing called sexual restraint. They'd be a great balance.
9. Reggie Bush
Another Kim K "kast-off" fits Lolo perfectly. The two athletes could connect on all things sports.
10. Kevin Hart
Funnyman Kevin Hart may not be the most wholesome, but he is the funniest. Every woman loves to laugh, so he's already got a leg up on the competition.
11. Honorary Boyfriend--Christian Grey of "50 Shades Of Grey"
If you've ever read this book, then you'd know that Christian Grey is every woman's fantasy boyfriend. He'd make the perfect man for Lolo!